I started competing in Australia and I am so excited to continue my comp journey in the UK and other parts of the world. Alongside my fitness career, I am the social media manager for Pole Junkie where I bridge my passion for pole with my background in Communication Studies and working as a reporter.
My fitness journey began in Montreal, Canada. I was involved in sports at a young age - my parents were always passionate about keeping our family active. They were also adamant about making me feel like I could achieve anything if I set my mind to it, despite being the only person of colour in the room, on the track field, in the pool or on the dance floor. I have carried that mentality with me as my training evolved.
Being often the only Afro-Asian woman meant that I had to work hard to make sure that if I stood out, it was for the right reasons.
In my teens, I joined competitive synchronized swimming and cheerleading teams. These two sports enabled me to establish strong foundations in dance, flexibility, flow, choreography and strength. When I attended my first pole class, I fell in love right away. I remember it being super hard, but there was something about it that made me want to get really good at it. I was extremely inspired by my first instructors who moved with such strength and grace, and I remember wanting to be able to look like that when I danced.
I poledanced recreationally in Montreal for about 2 years and then I moved to Australia and became exposed to a whole new world of pole dancing. The scene there is competitive yet vibrant, and I soon discovered that pole dancing could be both a passion and a profession. I started competing in Australia, which was a completely nerve-wrecking yet incredibly rewarding experience. I love being able to work towards a goal and finally leave everything on stage.
At the beginning of 2020, I followed my heart to Glasgow, Scotland. It has been an eventful year to say the least: the world has been forced into lockdown while having to come face-to-face with the racial inequities that have been ignored for centuries.
We have seen a reckoning for BIPOC representation and diversity in a multitude of spaces - including the worlds of pole and fitness. I have finally felt like people of color could openly share their stories and that they will be listened to.
I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to share my experiences as an Afro-Asian woman in pole dancing and fitness spaces on platforms like Kyanna and Pole Junkie. I led multiple fundraising events to support the Black Lives Matter Movement and organisations fighting against police brutality and racial injustices. We raised over £5000. This could not have been done without the help and generosity of our community.
As we continue to journey through life under lockdown, I strongly believe that keeping our bodies nourished through movement is essential for our mental, spiritual and physical health. I am here to share my years of experience training, competing and instructing in different environments to meet you wherever you are in your fitness journey. I want you to feel confident and powerful in the way you train, and I want you to bring that same confidence and power into the way you move through life everyday.
TRAIN, STRETCH, DANCE AND FLOW WITH COLOUR, CONFIDENCE AND POWER.