Let it go and focus on the shot in front of you

For those of you who have been involved in any sprint sport events, you will know how unsettling a false start is.

You know the feeling you get after either yourself or someone else has broken the start? You are all set, anticipating the gun or start signal. Ready to go, but then either you’re too eager and jump the gun, or one of your competitors does. It can make you feel uneasy and not in control.

The next time you get back into the set position, you are a bit more hesitant to take off….that is what we all faced in 2020 and now we are at the start again. We are wondering if there will be another false start in 2021, do we need to be mentally preparing for 2022?

Like any sprint race… you have no choice but to focus on the next start and put 100% in, or you get left in the blocks. For athletes that can handle pressure easily, they are able to recover quickly and take off on the second start with just as much enthusiasm and speed as the first time.

McCrindle (2020) completed a study on the generational responses to COVID-19. The pandemic has been global in it’s nature and changing almost daily. The uncertainty and widespread implications has caused anxiety and stress for many. The study suggests that as parents we should be setting an example of resilience rather than panic for our children, particularly the Alpha generation (children born post 2010).

Perhaps this is a lesson we all must learn in life. What ever happened in the past, let it go and move on. Be flexible and adapt to change and “play the ball in front of you”…you never know what life will throw at you! For anyone who has watched the news lately they would have seen how the various Australian open tennis players have adapted to their isolation. Some of them coming up with very innovative ways to practice and stay at the top of their game, mentally and physically.

Just like these athletes with their sport practice and preparation for the starting pistol, we need to change our environments in work. We must look at adapting what we used to do day in and day out…. our routine, or our “new normal” is slightly different. It is still challenging and needs a strong focus, but we can’t afford to let these fluid challenges change who we are. We need to refocus our self, be ready to get on the blocks when we are allowed to, even if it’s a slightly different race than we were expecting.

This is what my whole blog is about, sport mirroring life. Sport is not easy, nor is life. Run your own race, even if it’s a different format than you were preparing for. Focus on what you can control and try not to let the things that you can’t control, effect your game plan.

Yvette Audet

Yvette Audet

Sport has been an integral part of my life, both work and personal. I grew up with sport, met my husband through sport and now as a mother, am involved more than ever in sport!

As a trainer and consultant in the industry I work with sporting groups and councils to create community facilities and partnerships aimed to increase sport participation.

I have created a range of articles from the perspective of a SPORTING MUM. The articles relate life skills and messages that we can get from being involved in sport. It’s uncanny how Sport can mirror life.


Involved in gymnastics, netball and athletics from an early age, Yvette experienced being part of a team as well as the unrelentless discipline in individual sport – in particular her Heptathlon days.

First became a mum in 2005 and remembers having the inner debate of how long should I play netball while pregnant? Doing quick breastfeeds in between netball games and hoping her uterus wouldn’t feel like falling out when she jumped for the ball.

Funny anecdotes aside, she has worked in the sport and recreation industry for almost 30 years and holds several certificates and degrees around the management and training of sport, community recreation, aquatics and fitness.

Through her various roles in profit and non-profit sectors, she has helped plan for programs, events and facilities to help get communities active through sport and recreation.