Blacktown Spartans’ National Premier Leagues NSW Women’s star Linda Dudek understands the importance of self-isolating in order to regain that sense of normality with life’s beautiful things sooner rather than later.
The Australian born female football star who represented the Polish national team a few years back has been content with the restrictions and laws put in place ever since COVID-19 came into the picture.
“Regarding the isolation rules put in place that have affected us most, personally, I don’t mind spending time at home.
“I always find something to do, watch or play, whether it’s PlayStation or simply playing cards.
“Therefore, isolation and staying at home isn’t a problem for me and I’m happy to obey the rules and restrictions if it means life, work and football will return back to normal as soon as possible.”
One huge part of Dudek’s life apart from not being able to play her beloved football for now has been the impact it’s had on her day to day job working for regional airlines, Rex.
“Work has been very frustrating.
“The aviation industry has been one of the most affected industries since COVID-19 arose.
“Many cancelled flights and much uncertainty has been testing our sanity in the office.
“Everyday we feel the ‘stand down’ is looming.
“We have been taking turns of working from home to ensure a safe distance is always maintained.
“The past week has been especially tough and mentally straining.
“At the end of the day we are just all hopeful this pandemic ends quickly and safely.”
The ace female football star has found that not being able to maintain a consistency with her normal everyday training and weekend matches with the Spartans has been tough to deal with.
“It has been very strange not having to go to training or be ready for game day on a Sunday afternoon.
“It also happened so suddenly, new changes have been put in place every other day now and you just never realise the impact of football on your life until it’s taken away from you like that.
“I have been trying to keep as fit as possible, hoping not to lose all the hard work put in during pre-season.
“Our coaching staff came up with a brilliant yet simple idea to keep us fit and motivated to move as much as possible – to download the same running/riding App.
“It’s a competition to see who can run the most kms in the 4 weeks we’re out of training.
“They also add challenges on our group chat where we need to send in videos in order to gain bonus kms to our name.
“I have been trying to add an ‘activity’ onto the app daily. I have also taken up cycling with my brother.”
Dudek understood that with the Government issuing harsher laws and rules with regards to COVID-19, these needed to be followed so that the Spartans star along with her fellow teammates could go back to playing on the pitches real soon.
“However you might view this coronavirus, if possible, just stay inside.
“I believe that the quicker we isolate and stop the spread the quicker we get back to playing the sport we love.
“#STAYATHOME I miss seeing the team at trainings and game days ready to compete, score some goals and earning the 3 points.”