By way of Calgary, Canada — In the early 1980′s, Cathy attained triple-gold CFSA certification (Gold Figure, Gold Free-style and Gold Dance) and benefited from training extensively with two Olympians: Winnie Silverthorne and Michael Jiranek. In the late 1980's, Cathy was the head coach at the Calgary Winter Club where she trained competitive figure skaters until the late 1990’s while she coached community power skating. Cathy had the privilege of performing in the closing ceremonies in the 1988 Winter Olympics.
In 1992, Cathy relocated to San Jose, CA and taught at the Eastridge Ice Arena, establishing Bay Area's first formal power skating program known as Power Hour. She has ISI (Ice Skating Institute) membership, Gold Judge Certification, U.S.A. Figure Skating & Hockey membership, Safe Sport certification, WeCOACH membership & most recently become a NHLCA member (2022). Cathy has attended Positive Coaching Alliance courses and participated in both of the International Hockey Skating Symposiums offered in 2003 & 2005. Since the late 1990's, Cathy exclusively trains hockey players, hockey teams, hockey camps/clinics and her power skating series. Her newest series called Power Hour Elite focuses primarily on Tier through college players.
Cathy’s Power Skating is the culmination of her technical figure skating experience combined with practical hockey knowledge. She is innovative and continuously refines her hybrid hockey skating training system which has proven to be successful for her players. Currently in California’s premier ice center, Solar4America Ice, in San Jose, Cathy is the Power Skating instructor for the San Jose Junior Sharks, Santa Clara Blackhawks, and multiple Bay Area high school hockey clubs. Her Power Hour & Power Hour Elite customized clinics are sought out by players from Northern California and receive sell-out attendance. Cathy’s power skating techniques have been adopted by many coaches who train their own players and coach hockey teams.
Cathy has been teaching specialized techniques to many athletes to provide a powerful in-game advantage on the ice. Over the years, she’s developed a highly refined power skating instruction system that’s earned a reputation for producing top hockey talent.
Cathy’s methods have been recognized nationally and she has been accredited for her work with players in the Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, NHL.com, and local publications. She has presented for THE COACHES SITE at their Global Skills Showcase, released a podcast and will be an on-ice presenter in Ann Arbor, MI for TCS live conference in June 2023.
Cathy's 2018 venture expanded Bay Area's hockey training options. EXTRA HOUR Hockey Training Facility is the largest synthetic ice facility in California & houses NorCal's only skating treadmill.
In March 2021 POWER HOUR HOCKEY SCHOOL was launched. PHHS is a comprehensive school that is based on Cathy's philosophy of teaching solid fundaments through a repetitive/progressive style. The entire coaching staff speaks the same language, our expertize in their felids and believes learning happens when player are engaged, challenged and that building confidence is the key to success!