My New Norm

I thought I would be clever and try and get in a quick story about the “new normal”, as the world slowly gets back to some type of normality. However, within a few days there has been a plethora of articles that have and will continue to come out about people views on “new normal” (so much for my trend setting idea). In my opinion, there has actually been too much information from many different experts on how the world should be post Covid-19.

Most athletes would be familiar with the principles of “training periodisation”. In order to progress further and to peak at the right time, a “planned recovery period” is included. That is, a period of time where your training load eases. Never underestimate the principle of recovery and rest to help you get further, faster and fitter in the long run.

For some people, Covid-19 created a sense of recovery from their usual busy lives. Some of my friends have embraced this period. They have enjoyed spending time in their household bubble, reconnecting with family and neighbours. Others have enjoyed the slower pace of life, getting back to basics like going on bike rides and bush walks. Some people have taken this time to get fit and/or finish household projects. Then there are some like me who have not seen their friends to give them a hug or to share a bottle of wine, now valuing their friendships more than ever.

For me personally, I have mixed feelings about this hiatus. The shuffling of tasks between work, housework and home-schooling has at times pushed me to the limit. However, the increased use in technology to deliver more information, has meant I can listen to webinars. My brain has been like a giant sponge, soaking in all the information that is now readily available and FREE.

Technology has also created connectivity. Zoom meetings that were once a novelty, now fill out our work days. As convenient as they are, I don’t think they will replace the relationships that can be built around a tea room.

Times have changed, the older generations have been almost forced to use technology to stay in touch with work and their loved ones. My dad would never have worked out how to face time me if we weren’t in these circumstances, and if it wasn’t the only way we could see each other these days. One of our oldest team members at work used our latest digital technology to unknowingly complete a team building Tik Tok challenge.

The value of green spaces and places is once again at the forefront of people’s lives as we are limited in our recreation options. I have been doing more bushwalking and rediscovered how beautiful national parks are, and more importantly how lucky we are to have them so close to the city. I am hoping that the importance of these spaces such as the trails and local parks stays with us.

I think this is probably the one thing which will be part of my “new normal”. I will make time (may be not as much as I have now), but will continue to go and discover the natural beauty our city and country has to offer by going on more bushwalks (even with my fear of snakes).

There is a lot of hype about things changing permanently as a result of Covid-19. Some saying a 4 day working week, keep the roads shut for cycling and pedestrians and others are saying maybe we will travel less for work and work more from home.

To be honest, I don’t really know if any of these changes will be permanent. There will need to be a careful balance between rebuilding our economy, and not going too far too soon that may cause a second spike in the Covid-19 curve.

Regardless of what things will remain the “new normal” and what won’t, there will be change. It is good to see that life in our household in particular, will be going back to our normal sport filled routines.

Pretty soon my hubby will be screaming at the tv screen as the NRL resumes. My kids will be going from one sport to another as their sports training recommences and school is back full time. And as restrictions ease I look forward to catching up with more of my friends and with bars about to open, may be even get that glass of wine in!

My question to you is, what will you keep as your “new normal”?

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.