After recording an earlier video chat with track and field coach Gary Telfer, the two of us had a debrief where we shared more positive stories about opportunity and growth. His daughter, Natalie Telfer, piped in and gave her perspective, which left me scratching my head. I put myself in her shoes, remembering when I was 19 at university and tried to imagine what it would feel like to loose all of my freedom and being back at home for an indefinite period. It sent a shiver down my spine, so I got Natalie to join me on this talk series to give her perspective on the lockdown and the challenges she is facing. I hope you enjoy the refreshing honesty of her answers. Spoiler alert: Natalie's response to 'what will you do if lockdown is extended for another 3months?' is priceless.
Here are a few key takeaways:
Still dealing with the shock from the abrupt ending of university mid-semester.
Daunting having to adapt to new rules at home and loss of freedom.
Loss of identity and emotional outlet from missing her university hockey team.
Improving the social connectedness of her university hockey team has been key.
Making the mental shift to adapt to this situation and cater for all team members.
Creating community and connection through Zoom and Tik Tok.
Checkout the hockey toilet roll challenge.
Gone from 11 hours a week of training to barely 20 minutes a day.
Mental drain from being stuck at home.
Loss of structure and support from university.
Challenge of trying to figure out statistical programming software on your own.
Losing motivation because of the uncertainty and lack of ability to plan.
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