04. Mentoring for Athletes
Making A Positive Difference In An Athletes Life
As a former Division One Athlete at the University of Washington, Cat understands the unique challenges facing student athletes, and young people whose athletic career has ended, while they transition into the next chapter in their lives.
Beginning in the fall of 2006, Cat began mentoring young people as they make this transition. She has worked with many Division One athletes, former Olympians and professional athletes. She has also mentored students who have not had an athletic career as they make choices for their next chapters. This work includes supporting student athletes who have not completed their degree work to finish that work (no matter what their age), to discussing potential future careers, to goal setting and networking opportunities. Cat is extremely proud of all the people with whom she has worked as they have transitioned into successful careers as lawyers, coaches, financial advisors, inspirational speakers, parenthood, business owners and a variety of other roles. And most of them have kept athletics in their lives by participating in triathalons, running events, swimming events, biking events, skiing, hiking, golf and a variety of other sports.
Cat accepts that she will always have an athlete’s mind—it is something she cherishes. She considers her athletic training to have been some of the best education she has received as it has taught her the valuable skills of flexibility, adaptability, persistence, faith and the value of hard and disciplined work. She believes that any person who has achieved any kind of athletic goal has such skills. These skills are easily transferrable to a next chapter be it in the business world, the academic world, the political world or any other venue a person chooses. It is simply a matter of doing it.
Cat’s Athletic Career: Cat swam for the Washington Huskies from 1981-1985. She was a four-year letter winner and a scholarship athlete. She received academic honors as well. She was primarily known as a butterflyer/backstroker and was profoundly awful at breaststroke (a circumstance which has not changed). She is very proud of these accomplishments as in grade, middle and high school she was always picked last for every team sport involving a ball (Cat does not have great hand-eye coordination).