September 6 marks the first day of an intensive five-week Power Skating Tune-Up session for hockey players at the Beverly Community Centre. These classes are aimed at helping all skaters be prepared to start their 2011/2012 season in better condition and with greater confidence in their skating skills.
Power skating plays a very important role in the development of hockey players of all ages. If a player cannot skate effectively and skillfully he or she will have a difficult time being successful in their sport.
The classes will be taught by Susanne Crago, a professional power skating coach. She has 15 years of experience teaching the fundamentals of power skating to players from four years old to NHL professionals. While living in British Columbia and Alberta, Crago coached groups of all ages weekly through the winter season from the Tiny Mite to Junior B level, as well as adult players and coaches.
During the summer months, she was hired by the Edmonton Oilers to coach the skating portion of their summer hockey schools in Edmonton and Evansburg. A couple weeks of each summer were also spent in Cold Lake, coaching power skating for John Ogrodnick (Detroit Red Wings) at his hockey school.
After returning to Ontario, Crago taught both group and private lessons for several years at the North Wentworth Arena.
Crago is a former high test level and competitive skater and has coached that sport for over 30 years.
“My professional expertise can develop the fundamentals in skating skills such as forward and backward skating, stops, starts, crossovers and turning as well as endurance, speed, agility and conditioning,” she said. “I thoroughly enjoy coaching power skating. Seeing and being a part of the development and progress of the athletes gives me great pleasure. It is rewarding to know that I can be a contributor to their success on the ice.”
The Fall Tune-Up sessions will run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for five weeks, from 6-6:50 p.m. For more information and to register, call Susanne Crago at 905-627-4327.