We are asking our sporting personalities how they are dealing with action coming to a halt because of the coronavirus pandemic and how it has affected their daily lives.
Today, we speak to Belfast Harlequins hockey player Jenna Watt, a former Ireland Under-21 international and senior panellist.
Q: How are you keeping?
A: I'm keeping well, thanks. I moved in with my parents at the start of lockdown, as did one of my brothers, so it is quite a full house. I am a solicitor at a firm in Belfast called Mills Selig and was furloughed for approximately five weeks but I am back working from home now and I am grateful to be back into a set routine. I am so fortunate to have had the option to move back in with my parents who have a garden so it has been great being able to enjoy the good weather we have been having until recently. It has definitely made lockdown a lot easier.
Q: How have you been affected?
A: The virus actually directly affected my family early on as sadly my grandmother passed away at the end of March from Covid-19. She was in a nursing home in Belfast and we were shocked to discover the lack of PPE equipment and general assistance the homes were getting at that time. They really were left to fend for themselves. The staff at the home were fantastic but it was heartbreaking that my mum could not be with her at that time. We also could not have a proper funeral for her which made things even more difficult.
The virus has otherwise impacted on virtually every aspect of everyone's lives. I was unable to see my other half for approximately eight weeks. It is nice that some of the restrictions are being eased and we can meet and walk outdoors, however that has been difficult. It is also really tough not seeing friends and other family, especially my Belfast Harlequins team-mates.
Q: How are you keeping fit?
A: At the start of lockdown I think I immediately - and mistakenly - went into 'holiday mode'. The sun was shining, I was furloughed from work and I definitely did not do as much as I should have. However, now I am pleased to say I have changed my ways. I try to do a workout every day in the garden, even if it is just 30 or 40 minutes. My friend Nikki set up a WhatsApp group and posts workouts for the group to do on a daily basis which has been fantastic. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a dumbbell before lockdown which are now like gold dust so that has helped.
I also recently purchased myself an Apple watch which has been great for tracking my activity and workouts. However, all you really need to keep fit is the great outdoors.
Q: How are you keeping morale up and how is the team bonding?
A: At the start of lockdown we were all keeping up to date with each other via sweaty selfies on WhatsApp which was quite funny. I think social media in some ways has helped morale during this time. Zoom and FaceTime are also such amazing ways to keep in touch with people and we are so fortunate that we have that technology nowadays. We actually held the club's annual AGM via Zoom on Saturday night and it was brilliant. We have also planned an outdoors get together for when lockdown restrictions are eased and I can't wait to see the girls in person.
Q: Where are you drawing your personal strength from at this time?
A: I think I am getting strength from the fact that this cannot go on forever. It will end and we will be back to normal, or at least a new normal, soon enough. I just approach each day at a time and try to enjoy the little things like Zoom calls, outdoor catch-ups and exercising. I think it is important to have perspective. We are being forced to stay at home but we are also safe at home. With every stage of the easing of lockdown things get a little easier too.
Q: Sports fans are at home, can you recommend a book, film and box set please?
A: I am not a big one for box sets but I have been watching more movies. My brother and I watched Argo the other day which was brilliant. I also loved Bohemian Rhapsody, the movie about Freddie Mercury's life. I am a bit of a book nerd and have been re-reading the Harry Potter series (for the fifth time) during lockdown. Other books or series of books that I would recommend would be the Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka's Journey.
Q: What life lessons are you learning from this?
A: I think mainly that your health is your wealth. I am grateful on a daily basis that my family and loved ones are safe and well and ultimately that is all that really matters. This crisis has definitely given a lot of people, including myself, a sense of perspective. Health comes first and all other things follow, including sport and material things.
Q: When this is all over, what's the first thing you'll do?
A: See and hug my family and friends. My cousin and his wife have just had a little baby girl and I cannot wait to cuddle her. I think it is amazing how much we miss human contact when it is taken away from us. I never considered myself to be much of a 'hugger' before all of this but once it is over, watch out. I will be hugging all around me once it is safe to do so!
Q: What's your message to sports fans?
A: Well, I am currently living with my mum and dad, who are my biggest fans so a big shout out to them! To everyone else, stay positive and stay safe.