Charlotte Ward

Charlotte Ward

Charlotte Ward

British Sprint Champion 2015 and 2016.

I have recently started a PhD (October 2017) in the field of Mathematical Biology; my project is looking into modelling the effects of climate change on infectious diseases in Arctic wildlife populations. The PhD is giving me the opportunity to work more flexibly and I am enjoying the freedom of being able to direct my own work.

My undergraduate degree (2011-2015) was a four-year MMath course titled "Mathematics with Study Abroad"; I spent my third year in Canada at McMaster University.

As well as orienteering for Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteers (HALO)/ShUOC, I am an active member of Hallamshire Harriers athletics club. I regularly compete for my athletics club in road and cross-country races, and I compete for the University athletics club in BUCS competitions. Cross-country races are my preferred events outside of orienteering, though I try to compete in at least one 3km, 5km and 10km road race per year to measure the progress in my speed.

Charlotte Ward Orienteering, and sprint orienteering specifically, provides me with the most motivation to train during the year. I enjoy the challenge of needing to find the best and fastest routes in a sprint course and it is always interesting to compare routes with other competitors on completion of a race. The orienteering community is an extremely welcoming one; on a local level to an International stage. Orienteers are always interested in learning from one another and sharing skills to improve performance, and it is this willingness to share knowledge that helps to keep motivation levels high; there is always something new to learn.

In my spare time I am a keen baker and thoroughly enjoy trying to create new recipes and explore different flavours. I also enjoy cross-stitching and making small gifts for family and friends.

My club is Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteers.

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