Diary of a derby mom

Leaving behind her work and mom personality, Sarah Gremer becomes her alter ego every time she skates.

Sarah Gremer sits in her office in the Cooper Science Complex surrounded by mountains of disheveled files. So far today she’s had three criers, two complicated schedule changes, and narrowly avoided two major meltdowns. All in all, not a bad day in the life of a health sciences adviser (the primary department adviser for nutrition and health science).

When she comes home from work, she’ll have to wrangle her two boys, Noah and Gavin, through dinner, baths, and bedtime. Likely she’ll have two criers, some schedule changes, and hopefully avoid two near meltdowns.

After the boys are in bed by 8 p.m. and the house is clean, the transformation begins. It starts with the hair. Sarah parts her fiery-red tresses down the middle, securing them into two low pigtails. Next is the outfit: spandex active-wear pants and a tank top with fun socks. She hauls her bag over her shoulder and gets in her green Subaru Outback for the 16-minute drive across town to Gibson’s Skating Arena.

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