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Tiff Forbes

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2020-05-08T11:25:59

A Day in the Life of Elite Student Athlete Jessica Au

Final year Monash medical student, and soccer/futsal champion, Jessica Au hasn’t allowed isolation to dampen her spirits.

Between placement at the Alfred Hospital, and self-directing her own training, Jess has pushed to remain focused on her goals.
“It can be hard to stay positive and motivated, I definitely think the idea that the season could start at any moment with only one to two weeks of notice is a big driver for me to keep active,” Jess said.

Her usual team practice has turned digital, “we are trying to squeeze in online training sessions with the entire team when we can. Our coach still provides us with running programs and we have to send him screenshots of our progress which is a great motivator.”

Isolation isn’t all hard work though, “I also think that this is the perfect opportunity to take a break, relax, wind down,” Jess said.

“One of the problems we have as students is that we often feel guilty if we're not actively working towards our goals every day. I think it's important that we don't beat ourselves up too much if we're not being as productive as we normally are.”

“We should use this extra time to focus on both our physical and mental health while getting to know ourselves better too.”

You can watch Jess’ day in the life video here.

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