Have you ever considered how we overlook what is going on behind the scenes of our lives? Today, I collected my coffee at a drive through coffee shop without any concern for the time the barista got out of bed to be there. I filled my petrol tank without any thought of the drivers who took hours to bring it here. At the click of a button I could learn about events that are happening locally and internationally. I don’t usually ponder if sacrifices were made for me to have that service.
Today let’s take a few moments to acknowledge the efforts of those who work behind the scenes in our physie experience.
From our first physie class of the year to the final performance of the season, you give so much! You study the syllabus and plan lessons. You take time to get to know each student and how they best learn. You challenge yourself to find the best way to teach each individual. You sacrifice time with your family to go above and beyond by arranging leotards, accommodation, social events and awards. You volunteer at competitions for our benefit! You travel to see us compete, often at your own expense. The list of all you do could go on and on. As we look closer we also see your compassionate heart when we struggle, your excitement at our success, the way you believe in us and encourage us to accomplish more than we thought we could achieve. Your desire for us to experience great things in life is what drives you to pour out all you do as a teacher. Physie just happens to be the platform. Thank you for modelling to us service, kindness and selflessness. Thank you for being our teacher, our mentor and friend.
Mums and Dads, Grandparents and to all our family and friends who contribute to our being able to do physie, we see you. To those of you who pay the fees, drive us to class, mind our children or allow us to take over the largest living space to practice at home, thank you. Thank you for believing in us, encouraging us and cheering us on at competitions. Thank you for the opportunity to do something that brings us so much joy!
To each person who volunteers their time without any expectation of recognition, we appreciate you! You are the heartbeat of our sport. Imagine what our year would look like without our interclub canteen, our fundraising events, committee members (especially those who invest so much in administration), hairdressers, make up artists, backstage coordinators who work tirelessly with hundreds of competitors at events, marshalling and those who do the all important coffee run!
How many months are spent selecting music and ensuring copyright and licenses are in place before the syllabus is thoughtfully choreographed? As if that wasn’t enough, this is then translated into a written syllabus for associates. There are new clubs to assist, training, first aid, registrations, social media to maintain, online forms, database, updated rules, masterclasses, DVD and music production, leotard designs, sample boxes and merchandise orders to manage…(breathe in)…coordinating venues, judges, uniforms, ticket sales, rehearsals, photographers, marketing, competition programs, medals, trophies, certificates and badges to arrange, opening ceremonies, costumes, answering emails and phone calls around the clock, special events and a myriad of details we can only begin to imagine are taken care of behind the scenes!
Each smile, each breakthrough, each success and lesson learned is thanks to the support of everyone involved in the process. No teacher, no champion and no association can succeed without the support of others and for that, we are truly grateful for your contribution!