Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Toon Footballer with Striking Good Lookstoo; Teen Hopes to Bag Miss England Trophy

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Toon Footballer with Striking Good Lookstoo; Teen Hopes to Bag Miss England Trophy

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Byline: LIZ WALKER

SHE'S the right-back with the striking good looks, and now Toon women's footballer Stephanie Loraine is bidding to the bag the Miss England trophy.

The 19-year-old was named Miss Northumberland last year after entering to boost the profile of the Newcastle United Women's Football Club.

Days after the public vote opened, she notched up over 100 votes, and is in second place.

She is competing in the semi-final of Miss England 2013 against other hopefuls, including Miss Newcastle, Rachelle Graham.

The sportswoman says she hopes to use the beauty contest to promote sport to girls, showing how it can still be feminine and glamorous.

Stephanie, from Whickham, Gateshead, said: "Following on from the Olympic Games and the success of our female athletes, I would like to use the Miss England competition to show that you can participate in sport at any level and maintain a healthy lifestyle whilst still being feminine and glamorous."

Stephanie started playing football at the age of 12 when she joined Swalwell Juniors FC.

She signed for Newcastle Girls FC before moving to Lumley Ladies FC at the age of 15. She then had a short spell at Sunderland WFC before joining Newcastle United WFC.

Last season the former Central Newcastle High School pupil was named the club's the most improved player.

She has also represented Northumberland County at athletics, cross country and football and is a member of the Gateshead Harriers.

Off the pitch, Stephanie, who hopes to become a children's TV presenter, is also studying for a BA in acting at East 15 Drama School in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, where she is helping to coach a Southend under 10 girls football team.

The Miss England 2013 Semi Final will be held on Saturday, May 25, at De Vere Village, Elstree. The public vote, which opened on Friday, will act as one judge on the panel. …

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