|Sport:||Women's Flat Track Roller Derby|
|Role:||Coach for Rainy City All Stars and Team New Zealand|
Mick Waggoner (also known by her skate name Mick Swagger #503) has been skating for nine years and coaching for eight. Like most roller derby coaches, she doesn’t have a formal, recognised coaching qualification and started coaching as soon as she was steady on her feet.
“Ya’aat’eeh! I’m an Indigenous woman from Dinetah, in the southwest desert of North America. I have been a teacher for many years, which made a natural transition to coaching. Roller Derby is a strategically dynamic sport that keeps growing and changing, which makes it fun to play watch and coach. I am committed to helping evolve our sport from a strategy standpoint, sharing the ideas I come up with from playing and watching with all who ask.”
Now coaching Rainy City All Stars (Greater Manchester, UK) ranked #21 in WFTDA and Team New Zealand, she has racked up some serious coaching highlights along the way.
In 2014 Mick captained the Gotham All Stars of NYC USA to a gold medal at the WFTDA Championships and in the same year skated for Team USA, taking gold at the Blood and Thunder World Cup.
In 2015 she coached the VRDL All Stars of Melbourne Australia to a bronze medal at the WFTDA International Champs, becoming the first international team to medal at a WFTDA tournament.
In 2016, she was brought in to coach the Rainy City All Stars, helping the team to jump over 80 WFTDA ranking spots and becoming the 2nd UK team to qualify to play in a WFTDA International Playoff tournament.
At the same time, Mick has maintained her own derby career, skating for the VRDL All Stars the same season, taking bronze for the 2nd time at the WFTDA International Championships.
She lays stake to the claim of being the first player to Bench Coach and skate in 2 WFTDA International Playoffs Tournaments in the same year.