Eat like an athlete - Charley Hull

Charley Hull won her first golf championship aged 9 and has since represented Britain and Ireland in national tournaments, as well as competing in the British Ladies Open. She told sports journalist Sue Mott about her love of pizza and football...

Eat like an athlete - Charley Hull

Crunchy fruit & nut cereal What is your typical daily diet when training for a big event?

Cereal and fruit.

Something healthy like salad.

A healthy balanced meal like chicken and vegetables. I can’t cook but fortunately I live at home so mum does all the cooking. Pizza is my favourite food and I never get bored of it. The perfect topping would be cheese, tomato and chicken.

I eat lots of fruit throughout the day.


How do you keep your diet varied and do you ever get bored with eating for your sport? Ultimate pizza Margherita

I don’t worry too much about it. Maybe I’ll have to when I’m older but at the moment I don’t have to be too disciplined as long as I'm eating a fairly balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. 


What’s your trusted snack for an energy boost?

Peanut butter and jam sandwiches. I keep them in my golf bag to munch on during the day. I also eat lots of fruit too like apples and bananas.

How do you stay hydrated when training?

I drink a lot of water throughout the day and top up with hydration tablets. Particularly if it’s hot.


How to stay hydrated When competition season is over what are your favourite food indulgences?

Pizza! Though I actually eat that during the season too. I don’t really have to watch my weight but maybe that’s my age and it will all catch up with me at some point!


What would be your top diet and exercise tip for the amateur athlete?

Enjoy it! Why bother if it’s not fun most of the time.

Aside from your speciality, what is your favourite sport/exercise?

Football - I’m a massive Liverpool fan. I haven’t been to see them yet but I’m going to go with Dad some time soon.

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