English Lacrosse would like to congratulate Celia Brackenridge on receiving the Sunday Times Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Sportswomen of the Year Awards last week.
Celia is a well-known figure in English Lacrosse, captaining the England Women’s National Team and was part of the squad at the inaugural Lacrosse World Cup in Nottingham in 1982.
After she retired from playing, Celia took up coaching and devised her own notation system with which to record lacrosse games. Her observation and analysis of performance positioned her to be one of the forerunners of performance analysis and facilitated discussion of match analysis in the 1980s.
Celia’s experiences in sport fuelled a passion that led her to a new field of endeavour undertaking academic and political work in the pursuit of equality in sport and was influential in founding the Women’s Sports Foundation.
Her commitment to equality in sport connected Celia with a global network of colleagues who shared her passion for access, opportunity and protection, continuing her research with the FA, working to review Child Protection Policies.
She was awarded an OBE for her services to Equality and Child Protection in Sport in 2012 and in 2013, was appointed as Child Protection Expert in the Dame Janet Smith Review of the BBC.
We would like to congratulate Celia on the award and the many years of pioneering work and research she has completed.
Celia was also part of a GB Team who played against the USA in a tour of the UK in 1975. Archive footage from that match can be watched below:
1975 Game Footage