A member of the Prince Albert Figure Skating Club when it reorganized in 1976, Carla Matheson took all her lessons through this club. She also became the club’s first ‑ and to date only ‑ skater to receive a triple gold (Gold Free Skate, Gold Dance and Gold Figure).
While skating and competing in Prince Albert she also found time to coach. Matheson recorded a number of firsts for the Prince Albert Club including being one of its first skaters to enter a competition. She finished first in Dance and fourth in Free Skate in that event in North Battleford. In later competitions, she won a silver medal at a Junior Ladies Event and was fourth in an international competition in the United States.
At the age of 16, she also became one of the first judges from the club. She advanced in judging to become a Fourth Figure, Junior Silver Free Skate and Junior Silver Dance Judge.
Her coaching of other skaters has continued, including coaching Sweden’s Olympic team and the students in the Helsingborg Figure Skating Club. She also started the High Test and Competitive Club in Timmins, Ontario, and taught at summer skating schools in Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Upon her return to Prince Albert, she again resumed instructing on a part‑time basis with her home club.
Inducted into the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.