Celia’s has received a number of awards in recognition of her tireless work fighting for both women’s rights in sport and the protection of children in sport. These include receiving an Order of the British Empire (OBE) and honorary degrees from the University of Chichester and Brunel University. Celia was awarded the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award in December 2016

Acceptance speech from the 2016 Sportswoman of the Year Award, where Celia was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award


"First, let me say heartfelt thanks to everyone responsible for my nomination and selection for this great honour. I am very sorry not to be with you in person.

Nothing is achieved by a single individual. I certainly benefited from the tireless efforts of many hundreds of women who came before me … from the famous Victorian Lottie Dod, who won international honours in several different sports, to Phyllis Colson, administrator and founder of the CCPR, and countless others … we all stand on the shoulders of the giants in women’s sport who precede us.

I also want to say that we women are not very good at ‘doing awards’ … we prefer to focus on the enjoyment and competition of sport. But, way back in the mid-1980s when the Women’s Sports Foundation (now Women in Sport) was first established, we agreed that an annual awards ceremony would be a fitting way to highlight and give a higher profile to women’s achievements in sport. After all, the men have awards coming out of their ears! So, thanks to the sponsors of this event for ensuring its continuation."

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A video from the plenary session of The 6th World Conference on Women and Sport in Helsinki in 2014. During this session, Celia is presented with the Phillip Noel-Baker Research Award for international contribution to research within sports science and physical education. The presentation of the award starts at 1:31:50, followed by her acceptance speech.

In Celia's words

"Nothing is achieved by a single individual. I certainly benefitted from the tireless efforts of many hundreds of women who came before me… from the famous Victorian Lottie Dod, who won international honours in several different sports, to Phyllis Colson, administrator and founder of the CCPR, and countless others… we all stand on the shoulders of the giants in women’s sport who precede us."

extract from Celia’s acceptance speech when receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Sportswoman of the Year Awards

Appreciation of Celia

Professor Clive Behagg, former Vice-Chancellor of University of Chichester

Keith Lyons, former Professor of Sport Studies, University of Canberra

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