Skiing has been Charlie’s lifelong obsession and she had her first taste at the age of 3 on the slopes of Cairngorm in the Scottish Highlands near her grandmother’s home in Nethy Bridge. Charlie trained there with the Scottish Ski Club until she joined the British Ski Academy in France at 11. Over the past 10 years, she has progressed though the British system and at 14 became the first British girl to win an international children’s race, before moving up into FIS racing as part of the Scottish Alpine Ski Team.
After leaving school in 2012 and becoming a full time athlete, Charlie has spent the majority of her time training and racing in Austria. In 2013 she made her World Cup debut followed by her debut World Championships at Beaver Creek in February 2015.
In November 2014, Charlie suffered a near career ending training crash which resulted in 4 fractured vertebrae. Her tough road to recovery culminated with selection for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea where Charlie finished 33rd in slalom and was part of the Team Event which finished equal fifth.
The 2018/19 season proved to be one of ups and downs with Charlie overcoming more injury setbacks to produce some stunning results. After winning an Australia-New Zealand Cup race to start the season, she was unable to race for around almost six months but came back to make the flip at the World Championships and finish 24th in slalom.
Two weeks later Charlie finished second in a Europa Cup race in Slovakia, only beaten out of top spot by giant slalom World Champion Petra Vhlova. In doing so, Charlie became just the seventh Brit, and only second British woman to score an alpine Europa Cup podium. She carried that form into the Slovakian National Championships which she won, and two weeks later claimed a slice of history by winning the Europa Cup finals in Italy. The result means Charlie is the first British woman to win an alpine Europa Cup race, with her name now listed alongside Finlay Mickel, Alain Baxter and Dave Ryding.
Charlie continued her form into the 2019/20 season and has already podiumed twice in the Womens Europa Cup circuit and made her career first World Cup points in the St.Moritz parallel slalom where she qualified into the final rounds in joint 12th place and after a hard fight lost out to Norway’s Nina Loeseth to finish up in 29th.
Charlie works closely with the The Centre of Health and Human Performance (CHHP) in London and The Scottish Institute of Sport who provides world class support across all areas of strength and conditioning, nutrition and physiotherapy.
In September 2019, Charlie began studying Psychology at The University of Aberdeen where she will take on full time study as well as competing as a full time athlete.