The Power of Scotland (Scotland's National Men's Roller Derby Team) Management and Coaching Team elections are complete, and there's some new faces, and some returning ones, in the mix; as well as a few new positions. The new team will be managing Power of Scotland as they prepare for the 2018 Men's World Cup in Barcelona.
We're going to give you a rundown of the Positions and their holders:
Team Manager - Nikki MorrisReturning to the role of Team Manager from the 2016 squad, Nikki is also a member of the MRDWC Committee, playing a strong role in progressing the International game itself. When she's not involved with the International game, Nikki is a manager of Granite City Brawlers, Aberdeen's open Roller Derby league.
Bench Coach - Laura "Milky" ListonMilky is also returning from coaching PoS to the World Cup in Calgary this year. Now something like a quadruple threat, as referee, coach, blocker and jammer, she's also on the (Women's) Team Scotland Training Team, and is still one of Dundee Roller Girls' top skaters. She also has the distinction of having Bench Coached Madrid's Mad Riders at Men's European Cup 2016, despite not speaking Spanish. Milky is a Talk Derby To Me Listener Awards Nominee for the Hero of the Year category.
LUM Coach/Line Up Manager - "McDonagh"McDonagh, or Owl, was a rostered skater for Power of Scotland's 2016 World Cup run, and has stepped up as Assistant Coach for Barcelona. When not on the National Team, Owl skates for Nottingham Roller Derby's Super Smash Brollers (British Champs T2 Men's), and coaches Nottingham Roller Derby's Women's A team (British Champs T3 West).
Support Coaches - rEd Baron, PhoenixThese two new positions were added this time around, to provide additional coaching support.
rEd Baron was on the roster for the 2016 World Cup in Calgary, as well as for the original 2014 team that played in Birmingham. When he's not on the National Team, he skates for and coaches at Bairn City Rollers (the Skelpies debuting in British Champs T3 North Men's this year), and has provided support for many other teams, including Team Scotland.
Phoenix is currently a member of Glasgow Men's Roller Derby (British Champs T3 North) [MRDA's rules are very gender accepting], having transferred from Glasgow Roller Derby, where she was a rostered A-team skater, this year. She has extensive coaching experience from her time in GRD, and is also a member of the Team Scotland Training Squad.
Head Official - Mags PayneReturning from last time, Mags Payne will be providing her experience and contacts to the National Team, arranging officials for their practices and any bouts along the way, as well as keeping them in line. When she's not providing her knowledge to PoS, Mags referees for Auld Reekie Roller Girls, and also contributes to the WFTDA Rules committee. We recently talked to Mags about her refereeing, so you can read more here. Mags is a Talk Derby To Me Listener Awards Nominee for the Referee category, and Tournament Head Referee for ARRGmageddon, which is a Nominee in the Event category.
Team Sports Therapist - GoldgingerAlso returning from last time, Goldginger is a fully trained professional Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist, and accompanied the team to Calgary to provide post-game therapy, as well as fundraising with her skills in the build up to the trip. When she's not doing sports therapy, she also skates for Dundee Roller Girls' A team, and is on the Team Scotland Training Squad. Goldginger is a Talk Derby To Me Listener Awards Nominee for the Breakout Star category.
Team Photographer - Laura MacDonaldOur final position, and another returnee. Laura was Team Photographer at the Calgary World Cup; when she's not photographing for the National Team she's an independent Roller Derby Photographer, mostly covering the Central Belt of Scotland (Fierce Valley Roller Girls, Bairn City Rollers, but also Mean City Roller Derby, Ayrshire Roller Derby, Lothian Derby Dolls, Dundee Roller Girls and others). Laura is a Talk Derby To Me Listener Awards Nominee for the Photographer category.
If you'd like to tryout to skate in the Men's National Team, supported by the above, there are two training dates: 14 Jan 2017 [https://www.facebook.com/events/1133482293431082/] and 29 Jan 2017 [https://www.facebook.com/events/1805159703057798/] both in Grangemouth. The signup form for both is here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfsZy7UMC8AvVZIQJBRIGNolr1q8LBMTuPTEB919fkMCk7mhA/viewform?c=0&w=1