Judy Lau is a mom and detective with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office; Miss Demeanor is a tough-looking roller derby girl, sporting a helmet with fake bullet holes and red socks with guns and brass knuckles.
Miss Demeanor is part of Lau’s “a little more wild and crazy” second life as a member of the newly formed Balsam Mountain Roller Girls, a women’s roller derby team in Haywood County, she said.
Lau chose the pseudonym because of its obvious connection to her job.
“You kind of want to pick a name that has something to do with yourself,” she said.
Robin Matthews, an obstetrician/gynecologist in Haywood County, chose the name Minimal Invasion because most of her work procedures are just that — minimally invasive.
Choosing a name that rolls off the tongue and has some meaning is just about as difficult as the game itself.
Alex Gonsalez, who wears a Wonder Woman shirt, drew up a list of possible names before finally settling on Disgrace Slick, a reference to Jefferson Airplane lead singer Grace Slick.
“It just kind of came to me,” said Gonsalez, who hummed the opening of “White Rabbit.”
The women mainly practice at Smoky Mountain Sk8teway, which is owned by team captain JoLynn Bryant or, as she is known to her team, Femme Reaper.
Bryant is a web designer who bought the Smoky Mountain Sk8teway a year ago with her husband. Bryant said she has wanted to own a roller rink for six years and jumped at the chance to buy the Smoky Mountain Sk8teway.
Soon after, she started formulating plans for a roller derby team.
“I just don’t think there is enough sports for women in Haywood County,” Bryant said.
The Balsam Mountain Roller Girls began practicing in September and currently has 18 members ranging in age from 22 to 48.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” Bryant said.