Charlotte Hartley

YST Charlotte Hartley

Biography:

Charlotte started playing hockey at high school after being encouraged by her PE teacher. Her talent for the sport was obvious; she quickly progressed to representing the North of England and then competing on the England U16 team. Charlotte was bullied at primary school for being good at sport, the stress of which resulted in her developing alopecia (hair loss) causing more bullying. Despite this setback Charlotte believes that the experience made her even more determined to become the best athlete she could be. Charlotte went on to play for both England U18 and U21 and at the age of 17 was playing for the England Senior B team. In 2005 she was called up to play in the KT Cup in Korea for the England Senior Team, winning gold in that tournament.

Charlotte’s proudest achievement came in 2006 when she was one of the youngest members selected to represent England at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. The following year she represented Great Britain in the Sydney Youth Olympics where her team won gold. Unfortunately shortly after this Charlotte developed an eating disorder which ended her international career. In 2009/2010 Charlotte played professionally for clubs in New Zealand and Spain but has now retired from professional sport and concentrates on her career as an athlete mentor for a wide range of different programmes and her work with the Youth Sport Trust.

Sporting Achievements:

  • Commonwealth Games Bronze Medallist.