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AMBASSADOR SPOTLIGHT: Charlotte Turner | Sydney, Australia



Tell us about yourself!

I live in Sydney, Australia. We don’t have many rinks that are close together in the state, so we drive about an hour each way for training and games, which shows how dedicated we have to be to play. I started playing hockey when I was about eight years old and I have been playing in leagues since 2016. I found the game by learning that my cousin played in the East Coast Super League, which is a league for extremely experienced players in Australia.
As I watched him play I was instantly addicted as it was such a fast and exciting game. I knew then, that I had to play. I found out that women could play and through my cousin, I met a few of the Australian Women’s Ice Hockey team who welcomed me into the sport. I got to travel with my family to California and my Mum arranged for me and my sister to spend about a month training with the Anaheim Lady Ducks junior girls team, and I got to actually skate on the Honda Center ice arena. I had such a blast and will always remember that experience.
Currently, I play either wing or defence positions and I like both positions because each require a different game play and skillset. I train hard and play lots of games including in an all-age women’s league, so one day I hope that I can play for the Australian Women’s Ice Hockey team.

What made you want to be a WHL Brand Ambassador?

I heard about Women’s Hockey Life via Instagram. I thought that it was an amazing opportunity to promote the growth of women’s ice hockey, especially in Australia. I want to show and prove that ice hockey is not just for boys, as many people believe it is in Australia. The brand strongly stands for and promotes the values I think need to be demonstrated in life.

What are you most looking forward to as a #WHLAMBASSADOR?

I am most looking forward to helping WHL be a recognised brand and social media platform that sends positive messages about hockey to girls. I am looking forward to joining the global team of WHL Ambassadors to influence girls of all ages to understand that we can do anything, including playing in a fantastic healthy sport. I am looking forward to sharing my journey in hockey with other girls who take an interest in what we do.

What’s something not a lot of people know about you?

As well as playing hockey, I have quite an interest in music. I play the double bass and the piano, and in my school, I am part of the orchestra, sinfonietta (string ensemble), and jazz band. Like a lot of people my age, I also like online gaming when I can get time.

If you could sit down and have dinner with one female hockey player, who would it be and why?

Just one is so hard to choose! We have some really great and inspiring female players in the small Australian women’s ice hockey community that have helped and encouraged me on my hockey journey so far. To pick one is too hard, so I am going to choose the ladies on the Canterbury Ice Hockey Club Women’s Team, as they have welcomed me and really helped grow my skills and love of the game. They would be great to have dinner with and just talk about women’s hockey in Australia and touring the globe with our great sport.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given in hockey or in life?

The best advice that I have been given could be, “to never give up on my dreams if that is what I am passionate about.”  We had the Australian Paralympian, Kurt Fearnley, visit my school and he gave us an inspirational talk on never giving up and following your dreams. I will always remember that!

What’s your dream for women’s hockey?

My current dream for women’s ice hockey, especially in Australia, is to show the Australian sports-mad nation, that women’s ice hockey is one of the best, most exciting, fast paced sports on the planet. We can all rise to the top if we train hard, and be positive role models for the younger women joining our sport.




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