IN the middle of a training session inside his own garage on Tuesday, Australian Steelers captain Ryley Batt still managed to see things from a realistic point of view.
It was back to the future for the Port Macquarie product after being informed every member of the Australian Paralympic team would be self-isolated from teammates and coaches.
Self-isolation will become the norm for an indefinite time frame and while official confirmation is still yet to be announced that the Paralympic Games in Tokyo will be postponed until mid-2021, it appears a matter of time.
"It's like I was training back in 2012 again with my daughter, but it's no time to be selfish," Batt said.
"As Australians we all need to work together and if we do that we can get through these tough times quicker and rebuild as a country quicker.
"We need to listen to the messages being sent out by the PM, abide by them, hunker down and suck it all up."Ryley Batt
"We need to listen to the messages being sent out by the PM, abide by them, hunker down and suck it all up."
Batt admitted a postponement of the Games would "suck", but was also pragmatic about the bigger picture.
"(A Games postponement) is such a small fish in a big pond," he said.
"You've got to look at these people who are losing businesses, losing jobs and losing their life savings.
"The games might be delayed a year so it's not like we're losing our life savings or our job. We'll still be training and we'll still be athletes."
The 2020 event was likely to be Batt's final Paralympic campaign before he was expected to take a break from the sport.
Those plans have now required a slight readjustment.
"I don't know if 2020 was going to be my last Games (ever), but I was definitely going to take a break afterwards," he said.
"Right now I have to train for another year and a half and won't get that rest like I wanted to.
I don't know if 2020 was going to be my last Games (ever), but I was definitely going to take a break afterwards.Ryley Batt
"I'm still in my prime, I'm 30 years old and I'll be 32 at the games if they were in 2021 and that's still not too old.
"I just feel for those athletes who may be at the end of their career or are in their peak at the moment and in a year they might not be at their peak."
In the meantime, the 30-year-old said athletes simply needed to shift their mindset to ensure their focus was on mid-2021.
"It's just a shift of goals ... a shift of your mindset, that's all it is," he said.
"You've got to accept it - I've accepted it - and I'm already preparing for mid-2021."
Should the Games be officially postponed, Batt said it was the only decision to make with athletes' isolated training environments proving a challenge.
"There's not going to be world records smashed and no athlete can train to their full ability at home, isolated," he said.
"You're not going to get the full potential out of the athletes.
"The Olympics and Paralympics are about watching athletes compete at the pinnacle of their sport and at the pinnacle of their body's capacity."
What else is happening in sport?
While you're with us, you can now receive updates straight to your inbox from the Port Macquarie News. To make sure you're up to date with all the news, SIGN UP HERE.
If you would like to support our journalists you can subscribe here.