Resilience and Reconnection

By now, if you are anything like me, you are well and truly over Covid-19 and all the changes it has made to our lives. I have succumbed to the fact that life will be different, and YES more difficult for the next 6 months or possibly longer.

The little things in our typical everyday lives like watching football on the television 3 days a week, going to sports training 4 days a week and playing sport all weekend… have all come to a sudden stop.

A dear friend of mine recently sent through a gift box for me (it almost made up for the “nonevent”, that Covid birthdays are), it was a set of quotes reminding me to be grateful.

I looked at the current environment and thought. What am I grateful for? I am grateful for my family, my friends, my health, my job and my house.

“Things happen for a reason”, my mother used to say. The drought, the bushfires, the flooding and now coronavirus, I am still not exactly sure why this happening….but it is.

I asked one of my colleagues the other day, “Do you think life as we know will change after this?” Their answer was “Maybe, but things will take time to recover to where it was.” And there it was, the key word “recover”.

I look around and see the grass that was brown and crunchy to walk on in our backyard, now a lush green. The trees that were burnt in the bushfires, now sprouting new seedlings. The same as athletes after injuries and sports teams after losses, they recover. Some bounce back even better than they were before…stronger, faster, smarter and more resilient!

Quotes and sayings have been an integral part of my life and influence the decisions that I make on how I view the world. I can hear my grandmothers voice echoing “This too shall pass”. It will pass eventually, and from what I see, the two main takeaways from my perspective will be reconnection and resilience.

In January I wrote an article about the holiday period giving our family a chance to reconnect. I reiterated the importance of spending time as a family where you are not getting dragged away for sport training during the week and spouse/sibling separation during weekend sport.

Little did I know that only a couple of months later, this virus pandemic would thrust us into isolation and families are spending more time together than ever before.

With home schooling and many parents working from home, among all the craziness of the current world situation, I hear and see hope. Not just for overcoming the devastation this disease has and will continue to cause from a health and economic view. But also, for families and people developing exercise habits. They are being physically active to help combat the stir craziness of being confined to home.

Look around your neighbourhood, this is the most active I have seen my neighbourhood EVER. Families going for walks and bike rides. An increased amount of people going for jogs. Teenagers doing what they used to do in the old days, going up the park to kick a ball and have shots at goal. It is the dads with their daughters, mum’s with their sons and families combining in physical activity and “reconnecting”.

When you can no longer change a situation, you must change the way you look at it”. Use this time to reconnect, to learn new skills and develop the skills you already have. Think outside the box for new ways of doing things, whether it’s your work or personal life.

You will find ways to get you through this. In the end, you will be stronger for it. Hang in there my friends, focus on what you can control and make the most of this time. It is a strange situation, but one we need to embrace and make the most of until it passes.

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.