There are many benefits to being involved in a sport like physie. Today let’s take a look at some of the reasons so many of us keep returning year after year!
Physie teaches commitment. As you commit to learning the syllabus, participating in a team and seeing the season through to the end, both children and adults learn what it means to be committed. Is it any wonder participation in sport is linked to higher academic achievement at school?
Physie provides both team and individual events. Being a part of a club brings a sense of belonging and offers many opportunities to support others, volunteer, celebrate others and be celebrated. Having connections outside of school opens up new friendships and further social support.
Being a part of a club brings the opportunity of teamwork through working together as we learn the syllabus, host events and work towards competitions. Physie girls support and celebrate one another in their individual events but teams give the opportunity to work towards the same goal and spur one another on. Being a part of a team starts from as young as 5 years of age and develops commitment, patience and a sense of belonging.
Students learn patience with themselves as well as with teammates. Learning a new skill takes time and learning this valuable lesson will translate into many areas of life.
Learning to lose
There are highs and lows when it comes to any sport. Sports teach us to lose and to do so graciously. Life is not all about winning and so building resilience through sport is an important skill to gain.
From listening to their teachers in class, to following the structure of events as well as understanding the judges decision is final, physie girls learn respect for authority.
Physie develops confidence as students experience the satisfaction that comes from memorising the syllabus, learning new skills, persisting through challenges and seeing the results of their hard work. Physie girls do enjoy performance! Great results in competition are exciting but their confidence comes from what they have accomplished before they even step foot on the floor.
Mentoring and Role Modelling
Physie is an intergenerational sport which offers classes for preschoolers right through to ladies. Mothers and daughters enjoy their own age appropriate syllabus. Often we see 3 or 4 generations of women who are still involved in the sport. But it’s not just in the family that we see mentoring and role modelling taking place. In a club, each age group mentors those who are younger or new to the sport. Physie girls are role models not only in their dancing but in their support of others, good sportsmanship, teaching and volunteering.
Physie encourages an active lifestyle, a healthy diet and engages the mind maximising brain function as students memorise routines. Physie can be enjoyed as long as a person can dance. Women in their 60’s and 70’s enjoy competing or social involvement in the sport (although we suspect the day is not far off when we will see women in their 80’s and beyond still enjoying their physie!)
Friendships For Life
Over the course of each year physie girls bond over the challenges they face and celebrate over their successes! Physie is social and offers opportunities to travel with your teammates. Physie friendships are built locally but also between clubs as competitors and teachers catch up with each other year after year at events and keep in touch throughout the year!
Please feel free to share any other benefits you have experienced from being involved in physie or give examples of how you have experienced any of the above!