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

A video from the plenary session of The 6th World Conference on Women and Sport in Helsinki in 2014, titled ‘Sport without Fear - Sport as a safe haven & bastion for human rights’. 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.

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 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.

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.

— Celia’s acceptance speech from the 2016 Sportswoman of the Year Award, where she was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

AN APPRECIATION BY...

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

Celia has spent her life challenging existing systems and winning through to her goals whatever barriers are put in her way.

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AN APPRECIATION BY...

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

Our first conversation had been at St Mary's College in 1980 when I observed her performance in a practice match. We discussed real time observation and the importance of having a qualitative as well as quantitative approach to performance tracking. That conversation has stayed with me over the last thirty-five years.

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