High school teacher takes out nationwide comp
PHYSICAL culture – it’s the combination of movements designed to increase strength, fitness and flexibility – and Stanthorpe State High School teacher Kamya Jennings has walked away as the National Champion in the biggest physical culture competition of the year.
Physical culture, otherwise known as physie, is a sport which incorporates dance, aerobic and gymnastics movements.
Training and competing since she was five, the now 23-year-old continues to look for new ways to challenge herself within the sport.
“This sport has been a part of the majority of my life, and it would be difficult to picture it without physie,” Jennings said.
“I would not be a high school teacher today without the amount of confidence and belief physie has instilled in me.”
Jennings’ most recent achievement was at the Physical Culture National Championships held at the Sydney Opera House in late November, where she was awarded the title of Open Senior National Champion for 23-24 years of age.
Jennings said the sport had provided her with opportunities to inspire others which she put to good use teaching five physical culture enthusiasts from Stanthorpe State High School.
“The students I teach physie to inspire me and drive me every day through their passion and willingness to learn new things,” she said.
“It drives me to be able to help them overcome the smallest of fears and achieve the greatest of goals.”
As the 2019 physie season wraps up, Jennings already has a few goals in mind heading into the new year.
“2020 brings a new syllabus to learn, perfect for regional, state and national competitions.
“I also strive to extend my expression and technique to always be able to put my best self forward for my students and competitions,” Jennings said.