Kalais Going is use to the unknowns

A UNA student is traveling back home to New Zealand to be with family during coronavirus.

Posted: Mar 26, 2020 10:10 AM
Updated: Mar 26, 2020 12:38 PM

In a time of uncertainty with coronavirus, a UNA international athlete, makes the decision to go home with her family in New Zealand, it's a choice she had to make quickly, as her country moves quickly to close its boarders.

Kalais Going is use to the unknown.
She picked up her world after high school and left New Zealand to play tennis at North Alabama.
"I mean coming here as an international student athlete, your life just changes 360," Going said.
As coronavirus leaves the world with uncertainty, Kalais had to act quickly, making the decision to go back to New Zealand this week before her country's boarders close.
"My parents have been really supportive and understanding, and I think the scariest thing is just the airports are the biggest place I can get coronavirus," Going said.
When she gets back home, she'll have to be quarantined for two weeks.
"A lot of student athletes were debating, should we go home, should we stay, but at the end of the day, we made the right call to go back, because at least we can be with our family."
Being with her family means being away from her teammates back home in the states. This is the new normal for the rest of the semester.
Nicole Reilly says her and Kalais will still talk all the time.
"We'll snap chat, we'll Facetime, with the time distance it may be a little tough, when I'm in the middle of the day she's just waking up, so at one o clock we'll talk," Reilly said.
As to when Kalais can come back to UNA, that's another unknown, but she's remaining positive the coronavirus pandemic is over by summer.
"Right now we don't know but I'm really praying we can come back in August and all will be well and it will just be a sad story we can reflect on," Going said.

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