Forever Young?

Eight weeks ago I decided it would be a good idea to go for a run with an ultramarathon runner to keep her company. We were away from home and she was planning on leaving at 5.00am. Perhaps it was the motherly instinct in me, but I was worried about her running by herself in the dark. I said “how about I keep you company for the first 5km and then it should be light enough for you to continue by yourself”. Almost 8km later as she seamlessly strode in front of me, I could feel my calf tighten. So, I did what any older competitive athlete does and kept on going!

Needless to say, 4 weeks later and attempting to self-diagnose and cope with my “old age” injury, I went to the physiotherapist and it got it fixed. That same Sunday I was so excited that I finally got to play soccer (get some of my money’s worth for the rather costly registration) and pulled my quad muscle taking a warm-up shot for goal! After several attempts to try and “run it out”, I knew it was not going to go way. I stood helpless on the sideline watching my fellow team mates play and was beyond disappointed in myself, in fact I got quite angry.

My mind wanted to play and 5 weeks prior my body was fit enough to play, but this second injury got to me. For the first time ever, I thought to myself…maybe I am too old for this?

Don’t get me wrong, I am inspired by so many people older than me. One of my friends who just turned 50 decided she would do a half marathon. She’d never done one before but she successfully completed it over the weekend. I really don’t know how these people do it without getting injured…maybe it’s pure determination or maybe it’s deep heat and voltaren?

The latest Ausplay figures April 2019, show that in NSW 43.7% of adults participated in walking, 32.% fitness training,15.7% running and 14.7% swimming with the most popular sport being Football (soccer) at 5.8% participation which is significantly lower than the majority of “fitness based” physical activities.

The cliché “People should get fit to play sport, not play sport to get fit” still rings in my ears. The above figures can be reflective of adults who play team sports and who are running and/or going to the gym to get fit for their sport. Alternatively, it may be the fact that once people get past a certain age they see walking, running and going to the gym as a “safer” activity with a lower risk of injury.

In truth, it is probably a combination of both. But for me, along with a whole lot of other people around my age, it is the social aspect of being part of a team as well as getting a run around that makes me want to keep on playing sport. Now all we have to do is make time to get and stay fit, without straining ourselves too much to cause an injury..sometimes there is a fine line my friends!

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.