Katie Chin | Daily TrojanThis past week, Whittingham moved into the fourth position in all-time career digs at USC and is expected to move into third before she graduates.“She is a walk-on and she is setting records,” head coach Mick Haley said. “That is pretty darn special.”Whittingham is an inspiration to all walk-on athletes of what they can accomplish through hard work and perseverance. On top of that, she is also a leading force on the court for her teammates as her experience, her attitude and her presence on the court are something they have come to rely on.“She is such a calming force and is never freaking out,” freshman outside hitter Khalia Lanier said. “You just have to look to the veterans on the court and she keeps me in check.”Being chosen as captain is not something that Whittingham takes lightly either. Part of her impact on the court is through the younger players that have the chance to learn from her. However, she also feels as if she is constantly learning from them too, while helping to continue to build the legacy of USC’s program.“I really pride myself in being a calming force out there,” Whittingham said. “Any way that I can help others and that they can help me in return is something that is really important.”This season, Haley and the team had a taste of what it will be like without her, as she suffered an injury to her right knee that kept her off the court for a week. While a week is a small period of time in the grand scheme of injuries, not having the staple of their defense was felt by everyone.“There is no question it is a big difference not having Taylor out there,” Haley said. “If Taylor could have been playing with us against UCLA and Washington, we feel like we would have had a much better match in each of those situations and possibly could have won.“We want to have her in there even if it is one-legged,” Haley said, laughing.Her time out of the games was not much easier on Whittingham, as she always wants to be on the court making a difference. She had a lot of praise for the strength coaches helping her to get back so quickly — with a lot of rehab and icing — but also lauded her teammates for adjusting to her abrupt absence.“It was hard being on the sidelines, just wanting to contribute and help my team,” Whittingham said. “It was definitely a quick change and something they didn’t expect, but I think they did a great job when I wasn’t out there.”Her drive to make a difference is one of the many reasons she has been named a candidate for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award — an award for NCAA Division I senior athletes who excel both on and off the court in the community, the classroom, their character and competition. Whittingham is the fourth candidate from USC to be nominated and the last since All-American libero Natalie Hagglund in 2013.Whittingham’s list of accomplishments in her time at USC is impressive given the countless hours she puts into the gym and school at the same time. She has a 3.00 cumulative GPA in both her major, communication, and minor, consumer behavior, has led the Pac-12 in digs in both the 2014 and 2015 season and is a three-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week winner.Off the court, she has participated in service projects at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital and served as a counselor for USC’s annual inner-city outreach program. She was also a counselor for the Girl Scouts program in 2014-2015 and even found time to go to China with the Pac-12 All-Star Team in the summer of 2016 to put on free volleyball clinics.With all she has done for both the women’s volleyball team and the school itself, Whittingham has certainly established a legacy at USC. Whittingham’s influence and leadership are things that will stay with this team even after she is gone.
Renowned coaches, Didi Mas-Ud Dramani, David Duncan and Sellas Tetteh have been named as part of Kwesi Appiah’s technical team for the upcoming AFCON in Egypt.The three will serve as scouts for Kwesi Appiah’s team during the tournament which kicks off in June.Dramani has been working with Danish side Nordsjaelland as an assistant coach, while Sellas Tetteh joins with vast experience from his time with Rwanda and Sierra Leone.The team also includes Manchester City U-18 performance analyst Jermaine Lopia serving as video & match analyst.Ghana have been drawn in group F alongside, Cameroon, Benin and Guinea Bissau, as the country seeks to end its 37 year wait fro the trophy.The full backroom staff includes:Ibrahim Tanko (Assistant Coach)Richard Kingson (Goalkeepers trainer)Stephen Appiah (Technical coordinator)Coach David Duncan (Scout)Coach Didi Mas- Ud Dramani (Scout)Coach Sellas Tetteh (scout)Patrick Ofori (Psychologist)Samuel Kwame Ankomah (Masseur)Jermaine Lopia (Video & match analyst)Simon Copley (Physical trainer)
Early Childhood Care and Education students all over Donegal this month are caught in the middle of the latest bureaucracy bedlam over Garda Vetting for placement in early childhood services.Donegal Childcare Manager, Avril McMonagle has this week confirmed that this issue was flagged earlier last year as having the potential to bring training placements to a standstill if a solution wasn’t agreed by January 2014.This is proving a significant challenge for training organisations, students and Donegal’s 151 childcare providers and will impact negatively on the delivery model of early childhood degree and FETAC training programmes offered to an estimated 400 students across the county. Traditionally, Garda Vetting was carried out by colleges, IT’s and training organisations for early childhood students before going out into childcare services.The previous practice of confirmation by individual letter that Garda Vetting had been undertaken and that there are no issues arising, no longer meets HSE requirements.New HSE inspection standards now require Garda Vetting forms to be held on site by the childcare providers otherwise the service will be deemed non-compliant under this particular regulation.“This all sounded fine, well at least until the Data Protection Commissioner was thrown into the mix,” says Ms. McMonagle. The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner have informed training providers that they cannot, under the Data Protection legislation, share Garda Vetting forms with a third party that is, the childcare provider.A common sense solution was then put forward to query whether the student could pass on the clearance evidence obtained by training organisation to the childcare provider directly themselves – but no, this practice has been deemed unacceptable also.Understandably, early childhood service providers do not want to have a recorded non compliance through no fault of their own and are currently forced to refuse student placements.Some students have commenced vetting procedures independently through allocated agencies in an attempt to get around the chaos. However existing delays of 14-16 weeks will prohibit second semester placements and no doubt cause a snowball effect in an already inefficient vetting system.Ms. McMonagle concludes ‘If this debacle was created so that children would be better protected from harm or abuse, then every professional involved would exercise tolerance and understanding. However, when this shambles of officialdom has been caused by the physical location of a piece of paper – it’s difficult to exercise any tolerance at all’. DCCC are currently working with training organisations and childcare providers to form a collective response to be put to the appropriate agencies at the end of January.BUREAUCRACY BEDLAM OVER GARDA VETTING FOR DONEGAL STUDENTS was last modified: January 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Avril McMonagleDonegal Childcare Committee