By day, Meagan Ponder, Katie Glass and Beaux Judkins are mild-manner stylists at Studio 98 in Navarre, spending their time unassumingly cutting, curling and coloring hair. But when the darkness of night rolls in, their alter egos take over, and Mrs. Pounder, ImaBrawla and Hugh Jerrekshin roll out. That’s because the three hair stylists are actively involved in the local roller derby scene, with Ponder and Glass skating as part of the Pensacola Roller Gurlz, and Judkins, a referee.
In contrast to their day jobs, where they are immersed in the world of style and beauty, their hobby is one that demands stamina, brawn and some risk.
Although roller derby is renowned for its brawly nature, it’s also a true sport, requiring physical stamina, strength and superb endurance. Glass, the mother of a two-year-old daughter, said, “I’m finally getting the last of the baby weight off,” acknowledging that she’s lost 20 pounds. Judkins, whose referee position is at least as physically demanding as the derby skaters’, said he’s lost 30 pounds since taking up refereeing last February.
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