First of all, we’d like to officially thank all the Belgium leagues for the trust they put into our coaching team. We are very proud to have been selected and will do all we can to make Team Belgium successful and all the Belgian players proud of us.
Now, time for ACTION!
We’ll make a rough first selection of 40 players by the end of November.
This selection will be based on:
– our online registration form (deadline: 14th October ’13)
– two national practices (2nd November in Charleroi and another one that will be communicated on a later date)
– Skates of Glory 2013, the Benelux roller derby tournament on 9-10th November
Applicants who’re not able to attend one of/these dates, please elaborate on it through the questions in the registration form and send in some footage to firstname.lastname@example.org (by 14th October ’13). Same goes for Belgian players, living outside of Belgium; please fill in the form and send in your footage before the deadline mentioned above.
On attendance: we believe that one of Team Belgium’s strengths is that we all live rather close together, so we’re able to meet frequently and play/practice together as a team. This is why we’d like to have 1 national practice a month. We’ll keep track of the attendance of all candidates and that will be implemented in our decision for the final roster.
And finally: to all Belgian players; this is a FRESH START!
We believe that there are lots of very good players in this country and we’ve got the more than enough talent to make a great team. Since our very first national practice, we’ve seen a lot of talented players but we know there are still a lot of interesting players out there, who didn’t attend previous national practices (yet). As we said it’s a fresh start, we won’t base our decision on previous attendance on national practices.
So, to those who were too shy/insecure to join us before, please don’t hold back and APPLY NOW!
Mr. Grey, KadhaFitness and Trick or Threat
Coaching Staff for the Female Team Belgium Roller Derby National Team
In May 2013, we started looking for coaches, interested in guiding us towards the Roller Derby World Cup in 2014!
We were more than happy to have five great applications and we thank every candidate who has applied for their time & effort they put into it.
After careful consideration and a vote from out all the Belgian leagues, we’re excited to announce Belgium’s coaching team for the 2014 Roller Derby World Cup in Dallas!
Mr Grey (Peter Lootens)
Being a former speed skater, trainer, male derby skater & Gent Go-Go Roller Girls’ (Ghent, BE) bench coach, he has quite some experience on his sleeve!
Whether it’s ref-, nso-, trainer-, tournament- or bench coach-related, he has played an active role within Belgian Roller Derby, from its starting days on.
His combination of leadership, strategy and hard core skating skills has already done wonders for the Gent-girls and he’ll be sure to bring the thunder for our female national team!
KadhaFitness (Amandine Saulnier)
She started roller derby in 2011 with the Blackland Rockin’ K-Rollers (Charleroi, BE), as a player, trainer (off- & on skates) and bench coach.
Being a natural sports addict (including horse riding, skiing, climbing, swimming, tennis, capoeira, pilates and derby), she evolved into one scary fitness machine! Her derby name was chosen by her teammates and illustrate her dictator skills, when it comes to her off-skates work-out plan!
We’re sure she’ll strengthen our cores and muscles, and we’ll respond with “YES COACH!” at all times!
Trick Or Threat (Glenn Carroy)
He is the Head Coach for the Freaky Mons’ter Derby Ladies (Mons, BE) & skates for the Belgian men’s national roller derby team, who fell in love with roller derby and all its aspects since 2011.
Trick is very dedicated and involved, eager to learn and work with other people (other coaches). He’s patient and respectful towards other players, coaches & officials, but is sure to keep us in line when it comes to the training schedule & bench!
He’s a great asset & we’re happy to have him on our coaching team!
Congrats to all three coaches!
Next-up: player selections!