Charlotte Hartley – Hockey

Charlotte is an extremely experience sports woman who has competed for Great Britain in hockey and won medals at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games. Charlotte studied Sports Science at Loughborough University achieving a first class degree.

What made you want to become an athlete?

Inspiring role models such as Tina Cullen, a field hockey forward who represented Great Britain in two consecutive Summer Olympics starting in 1996 when the team ended up in fourth place.

What has been your proudest moment to date?

Winning a bronze medal at the Commonwealth games in 2006.

What does your typical day involve?

I carry out two training sessions every day which is made up of either a run, swim or some time in the gym.

Who or what inspires you to get up in a morning?

Knowing that I am not training when someone else is.

What do your friends and family think about what you do?

They are very proud and supportive.

How did you get to where you are today?

I completed a degree in Sports and Exercise Science at Loughborough University.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of following in your path?

Never give up on your dreams.

How do you use sports science to support your training/performance?

I am particularly interested in nutrition so I use my knowledge in this area to ensure I eat and drink correctly to maximise my performance.

Are there any specific areas of science that you use to help you to maximise your performance?

I regularly use video analysis to help me to analyse my performance and see where there are opportunities for improvement.

What kind of hobbies do you do to relax?

I love to go out for meals with my friends and family.

Have there been any embarrassing moments?

Yes – I once walked into the men’s toilets by mistake and my coach was in there having a wee!