A snap decision to book a bus ride to the city paid off for the Coffs physi girls.
A snap decision to book a bus ride to the city paid off for the Coffs physi girls. submitted

Club had drive to succeed

ONE team’s ill fortune has come up trumps for another.

A last-minute decision to hire a bus and drive to Sydney paid off handsomely for eight of Coffs Harbour BjP Physical Culture Club’s members and their teacher, Sharen Hackfath.

But there’s a long trail stretching to where it all came to fruition.

Just days before the 13-14 years team was due to compete in the Far North Coast Zone competition in Coffs Harbour, all the other teams in their section withdrew and when the subsequent cancellation was announced it appeared all that hard work had been for nothing.

Teams only perform once a year and there was huge disappointment among the girls, their families and the club.

Then, fate took a hand.

Fortunately BjP Physi allows teams from regional areas to join the Sydney teams’ competition at short notice when the need arises.

Club spokesperson Becky Bursle said the all-important call arrived from Sydney and the next step was taken with no hesitation.

“For the team’s teacher and their dedicated physi parents there was no other choice,” she said.

“It was all aboard the bus to see how they’d shape up against the Sydney teams.”

Competing at Homebush against nine other teams in the B-grade competition was a bit daunting as this was the first time a junior team from Coffs Harbour had ever competed in Sydney.

“The girls have a great attitude towards team work and are good friends,” Bursle said.

“So for them, it was about getting on the floor, working together and having a great time.

“After they performed, the Coffs contingent knew the girls were in with an excellent chance of placing.”

They weren’t the only ones, as it turned out, when the time arrived to hand out the main prizes.

“The excellent team timing and execution of the syllabus by our Coffs Harbour girls was just what they had set out to achieve,” Bursle added.

The judges obviously agreed, handing the team first place and an extra piece of luggage for the trip home – the 13-14 Year Team Cup.

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