Celia Brackenridge has died aged 67 from leukaemia

Last updated: 25 May 2018 Topics: Working with our partners International sport Type: News article

Celia was an international sportswoman, a campaigner for women’s causes and an authority on child protection in sport, in which she worked very closely with many of us at the CPSU.

Celia 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. They 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.

Anne Tiivas, Head of the CPSU, talks of what Celia has achieved:

“Without Celia’s drive, passion, commitment and sharp intellect the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit would probably not have been set up at that point in time in 2001.

"She campaigned tirelessly for child and adult safeguarding and protection in sport despite the many frustrations, barriers and even threats she experienced. She didn’t suffer fools gladly but if she believed in you, you were taken under her wing and received all the support you could wish for.

"Celia’s loss is incalculable but her legacy lives on in the next generation of researchers, policy makers and practitioners across the globe. Millions of children and adults now participate in sport in safer environments thanks to Celia without them ever knowing her name or what she did.

"We all owe her a debt of gratitude for her lifetime’s work. I will always treasure her friendship and my heart goes out to Diana, her family and her friends who will miss her.”

All of us here at the CPSU want to extend our deepest sympathies to Celia's friends and family at this difficult time. 

Further information

Read Celia's obituary in The Guardian for more details about her life and work.

Women and Sport: The ChangeMakers - a website encompassing the life and work of Celia, making it accessible to others who have an interest in women, sport and social change