At Gladesville Ryde Physie, we proudly teach the BJP Physical Culture curriculum. BJP Physie is the oldest running and most prestigious Physical Culture establishment in Australia. For 125 years, BJP has provided a national platform for Physie clubs to come together to engage in competitions and camaraderie.

Gladesville Ryde Physical Culture Club has been an active physie club since 1939, being known as Gladesville Methodist Club, Gladesville Uniting Club and Gladesville Club.  In 2000 it merged with Ryde to become known as Gladesville Ryde.

In February 2012 the Club proudly became an Incorporated Association under the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 (NSW). We are a non-profit established solely to conduct, encourage, promote and advance the benefits and fun of BJP Physical Culture.

“Physie is an elegant way of developing not only fitness but also grace, strength and focus in our girls and women. At BJP, what we are most proud of is how Physie weaves its way throughout the lives of Australian families. Generations of women have discovered lifelong friendships, a true sense of community and a sport for life in Physie.” – Jackie Rawlings, BJP Physical Culture

Empowering Girls for Life

There is an aura of confidence around Physie girls of all ages. Taught to stand tall, with strength and pride, they are team players committed to achieving their goals.

Gladesville Ryde Physie focuses on developing the self­-esteem of its students. By teaching them to have a positive relationship with their bodies, we help students blossom with confidence and self­-assurance.

BJP Physie is passionate about nurturing students’ total wellbeing, in both mind and body. Physie is an accepting and encouraging team sport, where every member is supported and motivated to be the best they can be.

Meet our Teachers

Gladesville Ryde Physie: Sheila McCarthy

Sheila McCarthy

Sheila commenced as a BJP Associate in 1970 teaching the Juniors. When Mrs. Doris Masters retired in 1973, Sheila became the only teacher of the Club for many years. Sheila also successfully competed in Ladies and prior to Physie taught all forms of dance in Wollongong, including ballet and tap.

Sheila teaches the Ladies Exercise Classes and Ladies Syllabus Classes.

Gladesville Ryde Physie: Janelle Mitchell (Miss Janelle)

Janelle Mitchell (Miss Janelle)

Janelle joined our teaching team as a BJP Associate in 2009 and has had a love for Physie from a very early age, competing as a junior and senior with her hometown Club in Dubbo NSW. Since she has lived in Sydney, Janelle has been a member of the Gladesville Ryde Physie Club and has successfully competed in Champion Lady and Team sections since 2005. Janelle currently holds a Certificate in Group Fitness and is a qualified Xtend Barre Instructor with the Drummoyne Studio. Janelle is also due to complete her Personal Training Qualifications in 2018.

Janelle teaches the 5 years to Open Senior Syllabus and the Saturday morning Preschool Class.

Testimonials from Students and Family

Gladesville Ryde Physie: Anita, Norah’s Mum, Preschool Class

Anita, Norah’s Mum, Preschool Class

“A BIG thank you for a wonderful event on Saturday. Norah had such a wonderful time and I was so happy to see how much she participated and enjoyed herself. She came such a long way in just a few weeks. I have memories for life. Thank you Miss Janelle and Miss Sam especially for your patience and encouragement with her. Norah is STILL showing us her milkshake moves after the weekend. Look forward to seeing you again next year.”
Gladesville Ryde Physie: Sam, Beginner Imtermediate Lady

Sam, Beginner Intermediate Lady

“Joining Gladesville Ryde Physie has not only given me the opportunity to challenge myself but a desire to keep coming back to learn and improve year after year with the support and encouragement from club teachers and team mates.

As someone who moved away from friends and family, the club has provided a supportive, caring family environment which I am proud to be part of.”