Barbara has been a full-time professional skating coach for over 30 years. She has coached both figure skaters and hockey players nationally and internationally and is a Skate Canada triple gold medallist. Her professional coaching career started in Kamloops, BC and then took her around the world with 6 years in Brisbane and Sydney, Australia and then stops in Bosnia, Poland and Czech Republic.
Barb was raised in Vancouver, BC with her 3 hockey playing brothers. Her parents are founding members of The Arbutus Club which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. She trained and skated there and later became the Arbutus Club’s Head Figure Skating Pro and Hockey and Skating School Director. She started the Arbutus Club Summer Hockey School which was a huge success. Players attended from many other countries and her NHL players always made themselves available to help out. She also ran the Arbutus Referee School with NHL Officials Brad Lazorowich, Lonnie Cameron and Kelly Sutherland.
After 17 years coaching at the Arbutus Club she left to have more time for her own family and the growing roster of NHL power skating clients. She says that it was a thrill to work alongside her former figure skating coach Pam Greenslade and the CEO at the time, John Furlong. She lists Pam and John as being her Mentors.
Besides being the Skating Specialist for players and teams in the CJHL, CHL, CIS, NCAA, AHL and NHL, Barb has trained the Canadian National Mens Alpine Ski Team for on-ice edging and prepared actors for skating roles. During her career she has coached hundreds of NHL players.
Barb is nationally certified in hockey as well as figure skating (NCCP Level 3+). She is the first female coach ever to be carded in Canada by a Junior “A” team. She uses her vast knowledge of edges, balance and counter-balancing, and combines it with her many years of off-ice speed and weight training, to create the most explosive and powerful hockey players.
She is known for her exceptional error detection and correction skills and uses her wealth of experience to achieve optimal results very quickly. Her passion for skating is evident to everyone she meets!
She enjoys snow skiing, water-skiing, pilates, watching hockey skating footage and spending time outdoors with her family.