Sporting Mum- That’s what sporting parents do!

I was working on my computer the other day at 5.30pm when I received a phone call from my teenage son and daughter. They asked me whether I wanted to meet them at the park to kick the footy. If anyone has been through parenting teenagers, this was them reaching out…for the rest of the time it feels like they don’t want to be around a middle-aged person like me, and quite often will stay in their bedrooms! For a slight second, I felt torn as I looked at the unanswered emails on my computer. I quickly worked out however, that the emails could wait…. the kids wouldn’t! Besides, if I didn’t go then, when else would they see my talented torpedo kicks?

During a function last year, I heard Cate Campbell AOM speak eloquently about her life as a young athlete growing up. She acknowledged and expressed gratitude for the support her parents had given her and Bronte. Her Mother woke up early each day and drove them both to training and her father spent his weekends around swim meets. However, one of the most important roles her parents played in the making of these ‘Olympic sisters’ , was their support in their children’s dream. As an 8 and 10 year old, Cate and Bronte declared that they were going to go to the Olympics one day, and it was their parent’s time, support and belief in them that helped make it happen.

Parents make sacrifices to help their children in so many ways, and sport is no different. I think back to my mother working night shifts. She worked night, so that she could made us afternoon snacks, home cooked meals for dinner and most importantly, made sure my homework was done before I went to training. My father worked an early shift to be home in time to take me training every afternoon, he spent endless hours at athletics tracks and netball carnivals to support me. It is only now as a parent that I truly acknowledge the sacrifices my family made for me to stay in sport.

I am sure that there are many different athletes out there who remember and recognise ALL the little things their parents did and said to support their success.

  • Running around to different training sessions,
  • Paying for sports registration, uniforms and equipment,
  • Cooking pasta on a Friday and Saturday night for carb loading (even when they’re on a no carbs diet),
  • Washing the impossible mud stains off footy gear, the even more impossible grass stains from cricket whites!
  • Trying to get the best coaches for you,
  • Spending hours on the sideline of sports days,
  • Travelling far and wide for various sports carnivals,
  • Pushing you out of your comfort zones to join clubs sand meet new friends,
  • Making sure you get your homework done between training sessions and competitions,
  • Ensuring the cupboards are full of nutritious snacks for you to eat (especially after big training sessions),
  • Believing in you (sometimes more than what you believe in yourself),
  • Give inspiring quotes
  • Most of all, making sure you are enjoying the sports you choose!

My fellow sporting parents, one day your son or daughter will turn around and say ‘thanks’. Until then, keep doing what you’re doing and smile on the way!

Yours in sport

Sporting Mum

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.

BIO

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.

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