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 90’s while she coached community power skating. She had the privilege of performing in the closing ceremonies in 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 and has attended Positive Coaching Alliance courses, also Cathy participated in both of the International Hockey Skating Symposiums offered in 2003 & 2005. Since late 90'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.
Cathy's recent venture to expand training to Bay Area hockey players opened in the Fall of 2018. Extra Hour Off-Ice Training Facility is the largest synthetic ice hockey skating and shooting facility in California.