Charlie Webster

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Charlie Webster
Charlie Webster 2016.jpg
Webster presenting the Edinburgh Tour Series round for ITV4 in May 2016
Born Charlotte Webster
(1982-11-09) 9 November 1982 (age 34)
Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Residence London, England
Nationality British
Education Tapton School in Sheffield and Newcastle University
Occupation Sports TV presenter
Employer BBC, ITV4, Sky Sports, ESPN, Star Sports, Setanta Sports, Channel 4
Known for Sports TV presenting
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Website charliewebster.me

Charlotte "Charlie" Webster (born 9 November 1982) is an English television presenter.

Early life[edit]

Born in Sheffield, Webster attended Tapton School[1] where she participated in elite junior athletics. She has lived in Crookes,[2] Newcastle Upon Tyne, and Leeds.[3]

She studied Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University.[3] At university, she worked part time as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, amateur model, and actress.

Career[edit]

Broadcasting[edit]

Webster moved to Spain as a TV presenter for Real Madrid TV interviewing the Galactico team and presenting football programmes. In 2006, she moved to Asia to join ESPN where she presented live Premier League football in addition to motorsport and Asian football.

Upon moving back to the UK, Webster presented Setanta Sports News and ITV4's live GP2 coverage. At the end of the motorsport season, she became a sports broadcast journalist for BBC Look East. Next she moved on to present the Red Bull Air Race worldwide for ITV4. In addition, she was the voice of a World Superbikes highlights show on Channel 4. From 2009 to 2014, she was a presenter/reporter on Sky Sports' live coverage of Elite League and also of Speedway Grand Prix.

In November 2010, Webster became a regular presenter on Sky Sports News through until March 2014. Also in 2010 she presented the Goodwood Festival of Speed live on Sky Sports,[4] she featured on BBC One's Football Focus,[5] and presented the UK School Games for Channel 4 with Iwan Thomas.[6]

Webster appears on Channel 4 presenting triathlon and endurance events, sports which she also competes in on occasion. Webster presented the Sky Sports boxing Prizefighter series for 2012/2013. Webster also presented the women's boxing at the London 2012 Olympic Games, as well as the beach volleyball and the athletics for the Paralympics 2012. She also presented Wimbledon report in 2012 for Sky Sports.[7]

On 26 April 2014, Webster made TV history by becoming the first female presenter of boxing coverage as Wladimir Klitschko defended his heavyweight belts against Alex Leapai shown live on British Eurosport 2. She has since presented six World Title fights including Terry Flanagan's title defence and Liam Smith's world title win on BoxNation. Webster has her own boxing themed chat show, Charlie's Web, on BoxNation.[8]

Webster has made guest appearances on Good Morning Britain, discussing breaking sports and social topics including the sacking of Jose Mourinho in 2015.[9] Also in 2015, Webster presented the World's Strongest Man for Channel 5 which was broadcast in the UK on six consecutive evenings over that year's Christmas period.[10]

Webster presented the 2016 Tour Series Cycling for ITV4 [11] the BDO World Darts Trophy for the Dave channel. She hosted the Wings For Life World Run for Red Bull TV as well as the Red Bull Air Race 2016.

Writing[edit]

Webster has written numerous sports columns, including a weekly football feature in the New Paper. She writes a blog on SkySports.com,[12] and also writes for the Huffington Post,[13] the Sheffield Star[14] and football.co.uk.[15] She writes a football column for Football Punk magazine and guest writes for The Independent[16] and The Telegraph.[17]

Other activities[edit]

After her studies at university, Webster began modelling professionally. She hosted various Nike training club events for Nike Women to help inspire females into sport and exercise.

In 2004, Webster posed in lingerie for FHM magazine.

She was a contestant on the Channel 4 reality TV show Fool Around With.[2]

Webster has hosted the RCM obesity seminar, spoke at the Women's Aid 'real man' campaign dinner and at the London Football Coaches Association dinner.[18]

In November 2014, Webster resigned as a patron of Sheffield United after Ched Evans was invited to train at the club.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Sports[edit]

She is a keen runner, triathlete, and boxer, training at the Lynn ABC, and is taking a level 2 Football Association coaching badge.[20] Webster is a lifelong fan of Sheffield United.[20]

She has run at least ten marathons, including the London, New York, Singapore and Houston Marathons.[21] Her first attempt at a triathlon was at the London Triathlon where she not only competed but also presented at the same time (for Channel 4).[22] In July 2015, she completed her first Ironman Triathlon in 15 hours, 8 minutes and 59 seconds.[23] She did the Staffordshire 70.3 Ironman five weeks before in June 2015 as preparation in 6 hours 20 minutes.

Charity work[edit]

In April 2009, Webster ran in the London Marathon raising money for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK. In April 2010, she ran the London Marathon again, raising money for the Women's Aid Federation of England.

Webster in March 2010

An ambassador for Women's Aid, on 15 January 2014 in interview with BBC Radio 5 Live's Phil Williams,[24] she revealed that aged 15 she had been sexually assaulted by her running coach, choosing to waive her right to anonymity to go public with the revelations to "break the taboo about abuse as a whole". Webster stated:

The man was later sentenced to 10 years in jail and put on the sex offender registry, after another younger girl recorded the abuse and contacted police.[25] Later that month, Webster embarked on a 250 miles (400 km), seven day run between 40 football grounds for the charity.[26] Webster has appeared on BBC's This Week discussing domestic abuse.[27]

In March 2010, she competed in the Macmillan 4x4 UK Challenge event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. She took an active role in the event, quickly learning the art of navigation and 4x4 driving, the event itself took place in the Mid to North Wales forests. The event raised £123,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.[28]

Webster was presented with a heroes award in Parliament for her work in raising awareness of domestic abuse and funds for Women's Aid. She is part of the Ministry of Justice's victim's panel to advise ministers directly on how to improve the criminal justice system.[29]

She rode the three UK stages of the Tour de France in a Tour de Force group, raising money for the William Wates Memorial Trust for disadvantaged young people. She won the 2014 Running Awards Runners' Challenge.[30]

Illness[edit]

In August 2016, Webster contracted malaria and became seriously ill after completing a six-week, 3,000-mile bicycle ride from the London Olympic Stadium to Rio de Janeiro, where the 2016 Summer Olympics were being held. Her ride was in memory of Jane Tomlinson and aimed to raise funds for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.[31] For a period of time she was in an induced coma and required dialysis.[32][33][34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Talented Charlie Webster's got her eye on the ball". The Star. Johnston Publishing Ltd. 26 May 2009. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Fool Around With (My Girlfriend: Part 1)". YouTube.com. Endemol Beyond. March 15, 2009. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Charlie Webster: More than just a pretty face". The Star. 27 May 2009. 
  4. ^ Charlie presenting the Goodwood Festival of Speed live on Sky Sports YouTube
  5. ^ Charlie Webster on Football Focus...the Holdsworth brothers YouTube
  6. ^ Charlie presenting the UK School Games on C4 with Iwan Thomas YouTube
  7. ^ Charlie Webster - Wimbledon Report 2012, 2012-07-16, retrieved 2016-01-19 
  8. ^ "Charlie’s Web starts tonight at 7pm on BoxNation". boxnation.com. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  9. ^ "Good Morning Britain Charlie Webster on Mourinho sacking". Vimeo. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  10. ^ "UK World's Strongest Man TV schedule". World's Strongest Man. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  11. ^ "Cycling: Tour Series Highlights". Dvber.co.uk. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  12. ^ Blogs & Opinion – Charlie Webster Sky Sports
  13. ^ "Charlie Webster". Huffington Post. 
  14. ^ Webster, Charlie (31 March 2011). "Charlie Webster: United must apply desire shown in the derby win to clinch safety". The Star. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  15. ^ "Charlie Webster – England women can show Capello's boys how it's done". Football.co.uk blog. 1 April 2011. Archived from the original on 18 October 2010. 
  16. ^ "We should be able to praise England's Lionesses without shaming the men's team". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  17. ^ "Charlie Webster: 'We female sports presenters belong in the male locker room. Get over it'". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  18. ^ Webster, Charlie (15 December 2010). "London Football Coaches Association dinner". charliewebster.com. 
  19. ^ At the time, Evans had been convicted of rape, but his conviction was later overturned on appeal. "Charlie Webster resigns as Sheffield United patron over Ched Evans return". The Guardian. Press Association. 12 November 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  20. ^ a b "About Charlie Webster". CharlieWebster.com. 
  21. ^ "Running helps TV personality Charlie Webster gain clarity". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  22. ^ "Charlie Webster presenting 4Triathlon". YouTube.com. 2013-10-01. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  23. ^ "Charlie Webster completes Ironman UK, Bolton". dassi.com. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  24. ^ a b "Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster speaks of sex assault". BBC News. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  25. ^ "Sky's Charlie Webster Reveals Sexual Assault". News.Sky.com. 15 January 2014. 
  26. ^ "Charlie's BIG Challenge". Women's Aid Federation of England. Archived from the original on 17 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  27. ^ "Charlie Webster on This Week". BBC.co.uk. 
  28. ^ The Year Charlie Webster Competed Mac 4x4 Challenge, 2010
  29. ^ Cowood, Fiona (8 April 2014). "Charlie Webster announces new 'victims panel' for those affected by crime: Charlie Webster among those who will advise ministers on effects of crime". Cosmopolitan.co.uk. 
  30. ^ "The Running Awards 2014". The Huffington Post UK. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  31. ^ "Ride to Rio". JustGiving.com. Fundraising for Jane Tomlinson Appeal. 
  32. ^ Burrows, Tom; Fagge, Nick; Joseph, Claudia. "'Look at the machines keeping me alive'". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  33. ^ "TV Presenter Charlie Webster seriously ill after Rio charity ride". BBC News. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  34. ^ Shenton, Zoe (17 August 2016). "Charlie Webster fighting for life after contracting rare strain of malaria". The Mirror. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 

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