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Talented Charlie Webster's got her eye on the ball

SHE'S an athlete, a model, a TV presenter, charity worker, boxer, and a martial arts specialist.

She's interviewed David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Lewis Hamilton and Michael Owen.

She's a university graduate who was the first female football presenter in Asia. She's 5ft 10ins tall, 26-years-old and single.

Could life be any better?

Actually yes.

Charlie Webster is a Sheffield United supporter.

She suffered alongside fellow Blades at Wembley on Monday as their team slipped to a1-0 defeat against Burnley in the Premiership play-offs.

"It was horrible," said former Tapton School pupil Charlie, who now lives in London and works with Tim Lovejoy on internet TV show Channel Bee, among other things.

"I was with my dad, grandma and grandad sittiing on the half way line among the Burnley supporters. They kept telling me I was supporting the wrong team.

"It was very disappointing, when they scored we bottled it and lost confidence. We came on stronger in the second half but they just seemed more up for it than we were."

And she knows what she's talking about.

Charlie went to her first game as a four-year-old Blade, has worked for Real Madrid TV and presented Premiership football to an audience of millions in Asia.

"My Dad is a huge Sheffield United fan and he took me to my first game at Bramall Lane," said Charlie who grew up in the Crookes and Crookesmoor areas of the city.

"I went to the all-Sheffield FA Cup semi-final at Wembley in 1993 when I was ten-years-old. We lost that one too!"

United lost the game but they already had a fan for life in Charlie who developed a love for the game that has taken her all over the world.

Charlie's time at Spanish football giants Real Madrid's own TV station meant her interviewing their so-called 'Galactico' stars.

Names like Figo, Roberto Carlos, Robinho and Raoul, all superstars of their sport were effectively her workmates.

And then there's David Beckham.

"He was lovely to work with," said Charlie.

"He was very respectful to me and everyone he met. He and Raoul were the ones who would sign autographs and chat to fans every day, not just sometimes. The Galacticos as they called them were always the first in to training doing extra work and practise."

But not everything is superstar footballers and TV Shows in Charlie's life.

Apart from the real but superficial agony of the football fan, Charlie has days when dark times from her younger years come back to torment her.

She was low on self-confidence as a teenager and developed an eating disorder and an obsession with food and training when she was an England under-17 international 400 and 800 metre runner.

"It got to the point where she chose to give up athletics, I became obsessed," said Charlie, real name Amy Charlotte Serena Webster.

"I got on a bit of a downward spiral and I would not eat certain foods. I was training outside of my athletics training programme and it all got obsessive.

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Latest sport I would really get upset because I was not getting personal best times on the track.

“I got to the point where I was not enjoying athletics any more so I gave it up. I felI out of love with running.

“I took it a bit too far. It got to be a problem, I was too thin. My Grandma spotted it and I got some counselling help and my family got me through it. I just got in a bit of a mental spiral. It’s horrible, you can’t see what’s really happening and you get caught up in it.

“A lot of teenagers, boys and girls get caught up in it.

“I would skip meals and was quite depressed at the time. There was lots of stuff going on in my family life too at that time that wasn’t helping. I decided to go to university to get away from it all.”

The glamourous, intelligent woman we see on our TV screens seems along way from the insecure teenager of a decade ago but Charlie still has bad days.

“Though I always had a bubbly personality back then I was under-confident in myself and as an athlete. When you have no confidence you don’t believe you are clever or pretty or good at sport. “I have gradually built my confidence since university.

“But I still have days when I have to say to myself ‘you can do it’, you can do it’.

“Everyone has their battles inside and it shows that people can beat their fears.”

 
 
 

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