New Year’s honour for professor

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A WOMAN who has worked to improve protection for children from abuse in sports has been recognised in this year’s New Year Honours List.

Professor Celia Brackenridge, from Wigginton, was awarded for services to equality and child protection in sport, for the work she has carried out over the years to help root out abuse within sports.

Celia has carried out research over many years working in higher education looking at women’s rights in sport and issues facing the protection of children.

She said: “I’m absolutely thrilled about the honour. It rewards everyone who has helped me, including all the athletes who were brave enough to come forward to speak to me.”

Celia, 61, became involved with the NSPCC and had major breakthroughs for boosting child protection including the introduction of a sports unit for child protection, creating a programme which every sports coach has to go through.

She was a consultant for the UNICEF working group on violence against children in sport and director of the Centre for Youth Sport and Athlete Welfare as Brunel University before retiring from her full-time post in 2010.

Celia has been working part-time at the university since October while spending time focusing on her role as chair for the Local Organising Committee for the 2012 International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport 2012, which precedes each Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.