Fostering healthy minds and bodies

Lismore City Physical Culture Club secretary Lauren Pine (left) and associate instructor Margaret Webster with new recruits (front to back) Chloe McGuire, Ella Campbell, Heidi McGuire, Chloe Pine, Mia McGuire, Matika Hughes and Jamahli Edwards.

For Lauren Pine, some of her happiest childhood memories are of her physical culture classes where she made lifelong friends and formed a close bond with her teacher Margaret Webster.

Twenty years later Lauren has reunited with Margaret to start a not-for-profit physical culture club in Lismore so other young girls can experience the same sense of belonging and learn this unique form of exercise.

Physical culture (better known as physie) is a mix of ballet, jazz, aerobics and gymnastics which helps girls and young women develop poise, strength and grace.

Lauren has competed in physie at a national level while Margaret has more than 25 years experience, including several as a competition judge. Together, they hope to get local girls dancing their way into healthy, confident young adults.

I have really fond memories physie... it was so much fun and I made so many good friends, many of whom I still do physie with now, said Lauren. Besides the obvious fitness benefits, theres a lot of positive interaction between the girls and it helps them develop self-confidence and feel good about themselves. Because its for all shapes and sizes, it instills really positive attitudes towards body image.

Lauren said girls can choose to enter physie contests, although she assures parents there is no pressure to compete.

She said in her experience parents often love physie as much as the kids, as they get to socialise while the children are having fun in a safe environment.

The Lismore Physical Culture Club is holding a registration day at the Red Dove Centre on Tuesday, February 13, from 4-6pm. Classes cater for toddlers right through to ladies and will commence on Tuesday, February 20.

For specific class times and information drop along to the registration evening, phone Lauren on 0429 795 258 or email

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