Catherine Pierce (also known as C.R.), age 12, and her grandfather Bob Chester, age 67, began skating in 2005. Their initial endeavor began with a trip to Crown Center, after summer swimming was over, where they each discovered a new passion. A passion that sends them on a 75 mile journey to Line Creek 2-3 times a week.
Bob Chester owns and runs a farm in Gallatin, Missouri. He is also responsible for a portion of C. R.’s homeschooling. Bob can truly be called a renaissance man: a stockman and farmer at heart, an ice skater, a licensed pilot, and an educator. He has even been known to sew a few of C.R.’s costumes. However, his most important role is “Grampy.”
C.R’s outside interests include helping around the farm; a fond memory is of her first time helping mow when she was hardly big enough to keep the safety switch on the seat on. She is involved in the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a youth club that teaches leadership, confidence, and citizenship, as well as youth group with their church.
The skating duo has competed in several competitions and performed in shows. Catherine has competed in competitions individually at Freestyle 4/ Silver level. Together, they have recently taken up ice dancing, and have done several spotlight events. They feel that skating “has helped us to develop new friendships and competition allows us to push ourselves to levels that we might not otherwise achieve.” Through skating, they cherish their time together and enjoy the exercise and discipline it brings.