MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Equip with fishnet tights, alter egos and a need for speed, the women of the Middle Georgia Derby Demons roll onto the rink ready for a showdown.
"We're playing hard, it's full contact and we're having a lot of fun doing it," said Amber Whitley.
By day, she's known as Amber; but when she laces up her skates, she transforms into her alter ego skater name Ctrl-Alt-Defeat.
Amber is apart of the roller derby resurgence that is gliding across our area. The Middle Georgia Derby Demons was founded in 2012, and has grown into a full team traveling across the country.
And the audience is growing is too.
This weekend, fans filled the Bibb Skate Arena where the Middle Georgia Derby Demons competed in its first Cherry Blossom Brawl. The ladies, who proudly wear black and pink, hope the sport, will become a Cherry Blossom Festival tradition.
"One of the reasons we chose pink is because of the Cherry Blossom Festival," said Erin Ferell aka Nellie Shovett.
But these, pretty girls in pink are tough athletes on the rink. Unlike the 1970s, when roller derby was all scripted, today, it's a full contact sport. Some supporters believe by 2020, it may be included in the Olympics.
"It's a real sport, with a lot of rules," said Sarah Koler, a Middle Georgia Derby Demons volunteer, "no purposely punching, or kicking, there are rules in place."
The bumps and bruises only bring the girls together, Koler said. After each game, the team donates some of its proceeds to a local organization. Once, the bout is over, the competition remains on the track. After every event, the team hosts an after party inviting the opposing team.
"We can all have a good time hitting each other out there, and then, we can all go to the after party afterwards and have a great time," Whitley said.