Well here in Queensland we’ve just wrapped up another sensational Summertime the weather is sparkling, and the search for the next Miss Universe Australia is heading our way with finalists being announced across the country now.
We thought we would kick off our home state interviews with Sai Penwarn.
Congratulations on making it through to the state finals, why don’t you tell us about yourself?
I’m a 25-year-old Nanny living in Brisbane. I spent most of my youth in Brisbane but spent a lot of time in India as a child growing up with my family there until the age of seven. I’ve travelled a fair bit and love seeing the world. In high school, I did an immersion program where I did most of my schooling in German which gave me the opportunity to go to school over there, and I enjoyed it so much I revisited when I was 18 to Au Pair three kids which began my love to care for children.
We all have motivations, Mine usually revolves around coffee ☕ but what was your key motivation for entering the Miss Universe Australia competition?
I entered Miss Universe Australia as I thought it would be a great platform to be able to make a difference in the community and help give back. Shortly after entering though I realised that it was also going to be one of the most challenging things I would do and make me step out of my comfort zone and learn a lot about myself.
What part of the Miss Universe Australia program are you most looking forward to?
I’m really looking forward to getting to know all the other girls in the competition, but regarding the program, I’m really excited to get involved with Toybox International and help raise some much-needed funds.
We are all unique so what would you say is something that makes you stand out from the other contestants?
I believe that my kindness and compassion for every human life and interaction will make me stand out. I treat every interaction as an opportunity to brighten another persons day. We never know the challenges others are facing, and I believe something so small as daily compassion and kindness can help me leave positive footprints and impacts on others.
With the state finals, only a few days away, has your routine changed at all?
My frequency of exercise has increased as the state finals have gotten closer and I’ve been making sure my eating and fluid intake is keeping my body nourished at a level that I can sustain the extra training.
What is something that you hope to bring out of the Miss Universe Australia pageant?
I hope to make some great friendships and learn a lot about myself. It’s such an amazing opportunity to be apart of something like this and to be able to meet such wonderful people. I feel so fortunate!
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
I’m not sure if it’s as funny as it is embarrassing but the other night when I went for a run I stopped to pet a cute puppy, and as I went to walk away I got caught in the dogs lead and tripped over! The owners and people walking past laughed, and I couldn’t help but laugh at my clumsy self. I’m always tripping over anyway, so you definitely have to learn to be able to laugh at yourself!
How would your closest friend describe you?
When I have asked my closest friend how she would describe me she has said, bubbly, happy, kindhearted, caring, thoughtful, maternal, enthusiastic and effervescent.
Name five things you can’t live without?
– My family and friends – My pink Kmart robe – Passport so I can travel – Exercise and being active outdoors – Matcha Lattes
What is your spirit animal?
My spirit animal would be an elephant. Not only are they my favourite animal but I feel like they are my spirit animal as I have always had a connection with them since I was a little girl in India (they are also tall, like me!).
Sai is also raising money for ToyBox International please consider making a donation at EveryDayHero