Meet The Ambassadors - Meet Charlotte
Welcome to the fifth installment in our Meet The Ambassador series. Each ambassador brings their own qualities to our team, many selflessly give up their time to give back to hockey, something that is close to our hearts.
We thought it would be great for you to see behind the scenes and get to know them a little better. We've given each ambassador 15 quirky questions and asked them to pick their 5 favourite and entertain us with their answers...
Meet Charlotte. She's a talented, formidable figure on the hockey pitch; commanding the D with force and gusto. When she's not making incredible saves and making forwards think twice, she's imparting her knowledge and skills on the next generation of budding GK's through her coaching skills. Charlotte joined the eighteen family this season and is an integral part of our team, we caught up with her during a break from her busy schedule.
Club: Telford and Wrekin HC 1st Team and I also play in the England Mixed Hockey squad.
Stick: R95 - I find it stable, strong and reliable ... it also makes awesome stick saves!
Coaching: As well as playing, I'm also the head coach for Newport Men's Hockey Club, head coach for Staffordshire AC U14s and U15s girls, GK coach for SE Staffordshire DC and GK coach for PerfX Hockey.
Do you have a nickname, if so where did it come from? : My Dad has always called me 'Spud', I know where it's from, but I can't say! I also get called 'Smell' from my best friend and I have NO idea where that came from!
My slogan for life: It's a long one! I have learned over the years that sacrifice can make your life better and that you shouldn't be constrained by the legacy of others, you can find your own path. You can't control everything. It's what you make of your situation that defines you. I've had to stick to this after some rough times and making some sacrifices to get where I now am has really paid off.
Friday night - Stay in or go out? : If it's a game day on the Saturday, I stay in. However, if it's not, then I like to go out for a meal. (Obviously pre Covid!).
Random fact: I was told when I was in school that I would fail all of my exams and that I wouldn't make it as a teacher...8 years on, 4 courses later; 2 first class degrees, an MA in education, PGCE and QTS in Secondary Physical Education I'm a PE teacher, form tutor and a DofE Manager!
If you won a million pounds: I would -
1. Donate to a couple of charities that are close to my heart, around £100,000
2. Donate to my school to provide DofE for some of our students, around £10,000
3. Set aside £250,000 as a savings pot
4. Give £50,000 to my Dad so that he could buy his dream car; an Ariel Atom 3.5!
5. Renew my racing licence, buy a brand new kart for myself and my Dad and cover the race entry for the year , around £150,000
6. Last but not least, I'd donate £150,000 to my hockey club to provide equipment for the junior section, and anything that's needed for the club.
So, that leaves me with £290,000 .... I'd buy a load of Adidas Ultraboost and other trainers!
If you were to go on 'Come Dine With Me', what would your menu be? : It would have to be:
Starter - Bruschetta, my favourite!
Main - Black garlic rump steak, with 15 hour roast potatoes, roast carrots and parsnips, green beans; served with a side salad.
Dessert - This is a tough one! Either banana cake with banana ice cream, or I'd do a massive chocolate fondue!
Well there we go. I think we all know Charlotte a little better now; she is one busy lady! So a huge thank you to Charlotte for taking the time out of her incredibly busy schedule to answer our quirky questions.
Up next week...Meet Jack