We Zoomed around the world yesterday raising awareness of stuttering
The McGuire Programme, MENA Region, had a great start of the year 2020 where 10 new members joined the McGuire family. In addition, Staff Training was held where 7 members have decided to become coaches and give something back to the region and the program.
This was the 14th McGuire course in the MENA region and the 2nd to be conducted in the Arabic language. Building the foundation of the Arabic courses was a challenging yet enjoyable mission. Challenging because of the lack of Arabic coaches and enjoyable to see the new students absorbing the information with ease and the grads enjoying expressing their emotions in their first language.
It’s extremely hard for me to put into words what this programme has done for me. I joined this programme at the age of 17, I was scared, embarrassed and ashamed of having a stammer, or being different from everyone my age! I had a multitude of tricks and avoidance behaviours. The first time I spoke to my own dad on a telephone was after my first McGuire course.
We had an amazing turnout – with around 40 people attending in total – some travelling from as far as Denmark, Singapore and New Zealand to be here. We gained 8 more members to the programme, all of whom went through their first intensive course and gained valuable and life-changing skills – to help them towards taking control of their stutter and becoming amazing speakers.
After two and a half years with Gloucester-Hartpury, Rich Whincup was recently announced as the Worcester Valkyries’ kicking coach. Joe Harvey spoke to the 38-year-old about his coaching philosophy and the personal obstacles he has dealt with. “I’ve been on the McGuire Programme since I was 19,” began Rich Whincup.