Abbey follows sister's footsteps
HERE’S proof lightning can strike twice in the same family, so to speak.
Year 7 student at John Paul College, Abbey Logan, was a competitor in the State grand finals for the Edith Parsons School of Physical Culture at Sydney Town Hall and was named champion girl in the 12-years section.
As a real piece of deja vu, older sister, Jessica, previously won the same award at the same age.
Dad and mum, John and Joanne, were proud as punch with Abbey’s little bit of history repeating.
“Abbey made it through local, regional and State competitions to the grand final where she competed against 11 other girls from all over Sydney and other regional areas,” John advised.
“She was part of the Sawtell Physical Culture Club who took a strong contingent of girls to the event and the club teachers and members are ecstatic with another one of their girls being crowned with the title of State champion.”
Abbey has been involved in physi for 10 years and said she was pretty laidback about following on from Jessica’s achievement.
“While I was preparing there were some people who mentioned it was possible if I ended up winning,” she said.
“But I tried not to think about it too much and instead, stayed focused on doing well what I’d been preparing for.”
A State title is the ultimate prize in her sport, but Abbey isn’t looking too far ahead.
“It’s very exciting to win it but I’m not pushing to say I will do it again as it’s pretty tough and there are a lot of good girls there when you go to compete.”
In addition to the overall championship, Abbey was also awarded the title of 12-year State dance champion.
From a family well-known in entertainment, she has a love of dancing and is a member of the under-14 Eisteddfod groups with Julie Ross School of Dancing.
She also undertakes drama classes with Belinda Lemair in her spare time.
Dad, John, said his daughter is never still.
“Every afternoon and Saturday morning, Abbey has either physi, dance or drama classes,” he said.
“At present she has the choreography for 11 dances as well as her physi routines to remember.
“People often comment ‘I don’t know how she remembers all her routines’ but somehow she manages.”
Sawtell physi club was represented by 28 girls at the State finals with 18 then selected to perform in the grand finals.
The club was thrilled with the performance and achievements by all of them including Hannah Davies (nine-years) and Keely Ward (15- and 16-years) who were both awarded third place.
Kiara Searle gained fourth in the five-year section and Hayley Deam received the dance award for the 13- and 14-year age groups.
The other grand finalists were: Elle Davies and Zali Kelly (five-years), Jasmin Love and Emily Mitchell (seven), Keely Vanstyn (eight), Laura Wratten (11), Rachelle Gray (12), Gemma Luciani (13 and 14), Summalee Kennedy (15 and 16), Jade Luciani (intermediate senior girl) and Karlen Pinkstone and Emily Vignes (open senior girl).