Monica Vavic honored with MPSF player of the week award

first_imgWith expectations set high, USC women’s water polo star Monica Vavic is already off to a hot start in her final season with the program.The senior was named the MPSF Player of the Week for the fourth time in her career on Tuesday, following her stellar play in the pool this past week.The 5’8’’ driver out of Rancho Palos Verdes, California, netted a career-high eight goals in USC’s blowout 33-5 victory over Cal State Bakersfield on Jan. 17 at the UCLA Invitational.The eight goals are the most goals scored by an MPSF player since 2007 and most by a USC player in more than a decade when Aniko Pelle accomplished the same feat.She then followed that personal record-setting performance with six goals in the Women of Troy’s 24-3 win over Cal Baptist. With her 14 total goals to kick of the year, Vavic moved up to No. 6 all-time in career goals with 205 during her time with the program.Her brother, Nikola, currently holds the all-time goal scoring record for the USC men’s water polo program with 254 career goals.Vavic not only scored goals this past weekend,  but also served as a facilitator, dishing out eight assists in the two wins. She added to her standout performance on the offensive side of the ball by posting seven steals on defense in only five periods of play.With that, Vavic’s team is currently undefeated at 2-0 as they move on to play in a variety of tournaments and matches throughout California, Hawaii and Arizona during the spring season.After starting the season on a high note, one can find Vavic and her fellow Women of Troy teammates in the water starting again next month, Feb. 7-8, when the team travels to La Jolla, California, to participate in the Triton Invitational.last_img read more

Rwanda, Libya stare elimination after draw

first_imgLibya next faces group leaders Zanzibar next Monday while Rwanda will take on Tanzania mainland on Saturday.Clearly learning lessons from their 3-1 hiding at the hands of Zanzibar on Tuesday, Rwanda boss Antoine Hey fielded a strong team, the same that played in the opening tie against Kenya’s Harambee Stars last Sunday.The two sides coming into their third games of the tournament were winless and with a semi-final slot at stake, three points was a must for either of them if they were to keep their last four hopes alive.In a hugely balanced opening half, Libya had the first chance of the tie in the sixth minute when a lobbed ball was planted behind the Rwandese defense, falling kindly on Taktak Muftah. However, the winger’s shot unmarked from the left was saved by Rwanda keeper Eric Ndayishimiye.Rwanda’s first chance of the game came in the 14th minute, Eric Rutanga finding space at the edge of the box but his curling effort went over.Mico Justin had three brilliant back to back chances in the 25th minute when a freekick started shot from the right was swung his way by Djihad Bizimana, but his effort was saved by the keeper.The rebound fell kindly on his path again and he blasted it against the upright. He was lucky enough to have a third bite of the cherry but this time his shot flew over the bar.Libya’s Taktak Muftah attempts to block a cross from Eric IradukundaSwifly on the opposite end, Muftah’s first time volley after Faustin Usengimana’s defensive header fell on his path went wide.The Libyans were the more attacking side and whenever they had the ball, their first instinct was to go ahead. They won a corner on the half hour mark and in an all familiar move, Muftah swung it in at the near post but Saeid Taher’s glancing effort went over.Three minutes on the turn, Rwanda’s Mico had another chance after a one-two change of passes with Yannick Mukunzi but he blasted the ball over inside the box.At the stroke of halftime, Libya had the best chance to break the deadlock when Mohamed Amhimid swung a cross from the right picking out Taher, but the forward, completely with no pressure on his shoulders took a low shot that was saved by the keeper one on one.The chances were few and far in between in the second half, the two sides visibly jaded from a tough run of matches.Libya had a chance in the 48th minute when Tubal Mohammed broke away on the right but his shot hit the side netting under pressure from Soter Kayumba.Rwanda had three good chances, first Mico’s attempt with an acrobatic shot from a Djabel Manishimwe cross going straight to the keeper before Bizimana’s header from a Mico cross went wide.Twelve minutes from time, Bizimana had a glorious opportunity when Manishimwe’s cross from the right fell well on his path but with the goalmouth at his mercy placed the ball wide.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Libya captain Albadri Faisal clears the ball under pressure from Rwanda’s Yannick Mukunzi during a CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Machakos on December 7, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Dec 7- Rwanda and invitational side Libya stare at the prospect of elimination from the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup after the two sides played to a 0-0 draw on Thursday evening in their third Group ‘A’ matches in Machakos.The result leaves Rwanda bottom of the pile with a single point while the Libyans are third after picking up three consecutive 0-0 draws in the tournament. The two teams were playing in a dress rehearsal as they meet again next month in the group stages of the African Nations Championship (CHAN).last_img read more

Team GB Paracycling counterbalances demanding work with personalised support

first_imgEmployee Benefits Live 2017: Team GB Paracycling provides its athletes and employees with a range of personalised support measures in order to help staff manage high demand workloads in the professional sporting industry.Presenting the closing keynote address at the end of the first day of Employee Benefits Live 2017, Jon Norfolk, head coach at Team GB Paracycling, said: “So we’ve got a high pressure environment. But with that high pressure comes high support. […] Everybody’s support network needs to be very, very different and I think for athletes, to be very aware of what they’re good at, what they need support in, and that will determine what they’re support network looks like.”In his session, Norfolk highlighted three key principles that govern how Team GB Paracycling provide personalised support for its staff and athletes. This included having a people focus, where coaches and leaders have a personal understanding of their employees and athletes to understand what motivates them; in order to create the right environment for staff and athletes to perform to their full potential; and having systems in place that help management and coaches measure how employees and athletes are performing on a day-to-day basis to help track improvements and development opportunities.“We can determine if we’ve got the right people to achieve those performance, if we have the right systems in place to measure those performances, and basically [determine if] we are putting our eggs in the right basket and working on the right areas. From a top level point of view, I need to create a really sharp vision. We need to get people excited and motivated. What we’re asking athletes and our staff to do is a lot. We’re asking them to commit in work, out of work. It’s a big ask, a big demand so [we’ve] got to attach people to what that destination looks like and feels like and what the outcome[s] are,” Norfolk added.Norfolk used real-life case study examples to demonstrate how working practices in the sporting industry follow these guidelines to provide tailored support for athletes and staff. For example, ensuring that communications remain identical throughout training as well as on event day so that athletes know what to expect. This helps to provide a distraction-free environment that enables the athletes to perform at their best. For teams, individuals are communicated to on a one-to-one basis as well as collectively because this lets each athlete air their views and feelings without the potential prejudice or bias of being surrounding by their teammates, added Norfolk.“What we try and do is be proactive in what our training, racing and planning environments look like. [Employees] can choose what [their] environment looks like and feels like. [They] all have a comment on what’s it like to work where [they] work. We all have a choice on what our personal environment and work environment looks like and feels like,” he said.An employee’s ownership over their own job role is additionally something that is empowered within Team GB Paracycling. For example, parathletes were given the opportunity to suggest to coaches the method by which they would be selected for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games team, with only places for two out of five parathletes.Flexibility and the ability to adjust to change is also a key driver of work in the sporting industry. This is supported by technical systems and processes that help inform changes and development. Norfolk said: “If you can measure it, then there’s a process there. If you can measure it, you can improve it.” In addition, being able to adapt quickly to change also ensures that the organisation and athletes alike remain competitive, with any obstacles reacted to in a mindful way to protect against any negativity.He said: “We need to make sure that we develop good people as well as good cyclists. [Employers] have got to be aware of the obstacles and changes, but [employers] also have got to be very mindful of what you choose to do with those environments. It’s quite easy to react to change negatively, but to decide how [employers] want to react to something is a really powerful place to be.”last_img read more