Without the dedication of our coaches, we wouldn't be much of a derby league.
Tino is currently Richter City’s Head of Coaching.
As the game of roller derby constantly changes, they are always excited to learn and teach new things. Tino first started playing roller derby in 2012 and participated with the 2017 Team New Zealand training squad.
As a defensive blocker, Tino’s strengths are in breaking down three-walls, two-walls and the last line of defence. Tino can instruct all levels, from beginners to seasoned skaters, pushing everyone to reach their very best.
Sting has been skating with RCRD since she graduated from her rookie course in 2015. She brings skills in both passive and aggressive blocking, and offensive play to the Richter City coaching team.
She loves building trust and confidence and empowering others. Sting breaks down drills and uses the individual skills and strengths of each team member to make derby work for them, recognising that everyone is different.
Sting focuses on the basics of drills; nailing the footwork, the level of communication required, individual body movement and understanding the reasons why for a particular move or drill, before bringing it all together and building it up into gameplay.
I’ve been so lucky to skate with three amazing derby leagues and have learnt so much from all my teammates and coaches. I love that as a coach I get to pay it forward and contribute to my teams development. One of the things I have always enjoyed about derby is the way it’s always changing and we’re always leaning new things. Coaching is also a great way to be a part of that.
I believe in learning by doing and this informs many aspects of the way I run training sessions. I try to maximise time on the track by setting a clear focus for training and drills so that discussion time is short and purposeful because it is by practising a movement, more than talking about it, that we will come to know it well.