What’s your legacy?

I attended a funeral a few days ago, paying respect to a legend within our leisure industry. I watched in admiration as his wife, children, grandchildren, and friends stood up and spoke of the legacy he had left.

The rhetorical theme among them all, was that he was a fun-loving family man, intelligent and always one move ahead, a great mentor, a versatile sports person (could have been an elite athlete in several sports), enthusiastic musician…and had a great sense of humour with some very bad ‘dad jokes’.

He loved to put smiles on the faces of the people he loved and seemed to make the most out of life. He travelled with his loved ones and made many memories along the way. In fact, the last time I saw him, a group of us were hanging out drinking cocktails in a spa resort in Germany. A memory that still puts a big smile on my face…and no, you can’t put a price on that! Although he was taken away from this world way too soon, he has certainly left his mark.

With the recent passing of sporting legends Rod Marsh and Shane Warne, seeing the legacy that they had left, it got me thinking. What is my purpose and what I am doing each day to fulfil it?

A couple of weeks ago (before the above happened), I shared a quote from a Cherokee saying on my Instagram. It says, ‘When you were born, you cried, and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice’.

We have a chalk board in our kitchen, where I put up motivational quotes for the family to read as they eat their breakfast. My daughter changed it the other day to ‘a day without laughter, is a day wasted’. They only just realised that after it had been up for a week, I had changed it to ‘a day without your mother, is a day wasted’. I do quirky things like that to put a smile on their faces, I hope they will remember these little things when I am gone. Along with the fact that I have encouraged them to reach outside their comfort zones, to continue their mindset growth ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’.

To get you to know your purpose in life (your job or your sport, is not your soul purpose), Stephen Covey gets you to write down your own obituary. Write down what you want people to say about you and how you have influenced their lives. It is deep stuff, but it has been something that has stuck with me for many years now.

For me, it revolved around making peoples lives better for who I care for. Putting a smile in their day, to help them navigate what life throws at them and to help them be the best that they can be.

Although Rod and Shane were sporting legends and left a great legacy in sport, you will find their purpose in life was so much more. Who’d have thought an Aussie cricketer would have such a profound effect on Elton John, rock bands and other international celebrities? Let me tell you, it wasn’t JUST from his spin bowling!

Sometimes athletes struggle momentarily with their lives when they are no longer able to play the sport they have been involved in, whether its through age or injury. Finding their purpose will help navigate their life compass for the rest of the years to come.

In the meantime, enjoy and live the best life you can. After all, you never know what’s going to happen tomorrow.

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.