Derby Stance UK 2016 Speaker Line Up

We want to thank all of our speakers who are putting so much thought and effort into making this coaching summit awesome.


Nadia Kean

Nadia Kean has been teaching and coaching athletes of all ages and genders for over fifteen years. She believes that many athletes have untapped potential in the sport that they play, but sometimes it goes unrealized due to certain elements, including the athlete's experience with their coach.

Nadia especially enjoys helping coaches unlock their inner coach so that they can help the athletes that they work with realize their true potential.

Nadia is owner of Get Smarty Coaching & Strong Athletic 
She skates for Texas Rollergirls & USA Roller Derby


Jenna Downing

Jenna is the world’s number one female inline skater and ten times British Champion. A natural competitor, Jenna has a built up a series of accomplishments and has represented her country in major international events, scooping the NASS title three times over, winning an X-Games silver medal in 2002 and becoming LG Action Sports World Champion in 2008.

Growing up in a deprived area, Jenna had to work hard to get to where she is today.  She now aims to inspire and motivate young people everywhere to achieve their potential.

Jenna is co-founder of Wheels Extreme.
She also works as Athlete Mentor, Speaker, Tutor, and Coach.

Photo by Juke Boxx


I started roller derby in 2006 with London Rollergirls as a referee. Early on I became a part of the coaching team within London Rollergirls and transitioned into Bench Coaching London Brawling in 2011.

I became Head Coach of England Roller Derby and remained in that role for the World Cup cycles in 2011 and 2014. I am a founding member of Southern Discomfort Roller Derby and have represented both England and Australia Men's teams at the 2015 and 2017 World Cups respectively.

Bench Coach for the London Rollergirls
Skater with Southern Discomfort Roller Derby Skater with Wizards of Aus

Yoga Elementz

Amanda Brayshaw

An Internationally trained instructor Amanda studied Yoga in the UK & Thailand. Discovering yoga as a way to increase her own flexibility as a dancer, yoga soon took over.

Amanda is passionate about movement with a focus on each individual.  She approaches yoga with a playful and energetic style to build strength, tone muscles and increase flexibility. 

Owner of Yoga Elementz


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Five years’ experience coaching roller derby at all levels and Disability Inclusion Training through Scottish Disability Sport.

In addition to roller derby, other hobbies include pro-wrestling and gymnastics which often inspire my ‘thinking outside the box’ sessions.   When coaching, my aim is to create engaging, imaginative, innovative and creative sessions.

All Star Skater with the Auld Reekie Roller Girls




Vicky has volunteered and worked in sports for over 25 years and has coached Track & Field in the UK at both grassroot and elite level.

With over 12 years of sports development experience, Vicky has always had the passion for supporting coaches and athletes to become the best they can be. She was part of the development of the UK Athletics Women’s Coaching Advisory Group since 2010 and co-creating the UKA Female Coach Legacy Programme in 2012,

In 2014, she founded the Female Coaching Network, which engages thousands of female coaches each week from over 200 countries, over 50 different sports.

Founder of the Female Coaching Network and the FCN Academy

Kristen Lee aka Kitty

Kristen Lee aka Kitty

I've played roller derby since the dawn of time in the UK (Nov 2006) with the London Rollergirls as well as a couple of years sojourn with the Victorian Roller Derby League (2009-2012) and a proud member of England Roller Derby for the 2014 World Cup.

You name it, I've probably experienced it! Skating, Coaching, Bench Coaching, Head of Training, Captaining, Director-ing always with vision and ambition to push the sport of roller derby forward. 

Skater for London Rollergirls

Collaborator for Fitness Gone Rogue


Ieuan Cranswick

A Graduate Sports Therapist with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science, MSc in Sports Therapy, and current undertaking a PhD in Psychology looking at the role of the drive for muscularity in identity construction.

I have a creative passion for injury rehabilitation, self-management, and the psychology of injury.

IC Sports Therapy

Photo by Jason Ruffell

Photo by Jason Ruffell

Emma o'Kerry

Having volunteered with children the past and more recently fallen in love with Roller Derby, taking up junior coaching was an obvious step and I’ve loved it!

As the head coach of Leeds Roller dolls junior team, I've worked to integrate into the club and grow. Supporting the girls to develop from nervous skaters to confident Derby players is one of the most rewarding (and sometime challenging) things I’ve done.

Member of Leeds Roller Dolls 

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Maha El Nasser started her informal coaching career with kickboxing and capoeira. From martial arts to a Level 2 coaching qualification in rowing, Maha is now focussing her energy and experience on roller derby.

She is keen to support coaches of new and developing clubs with practical resources, coach mentoring, and networks for development.

Skater for Rainy City Roller Derby
Co-founder of Rule 56

Sport Coordinator for FCN