A golden ticket …

I am delighted that I have received this invitation. It is a Willy Wonka type ticket to a special day at Guildford later this week.

I am going to attend the launch with my wife, Sue. She was the England coach at the inaugural World Cup in 1982 when Celia was captain of the team.

There is a collection of Celia’s papers at the Brunel University Library. The purpose of establishing the collection was:

to preserve original sources and information about the development of child abuse and child protection research, advocacy and policy in the UK and overseas from the 1980s to 2000s. Some other source material is also included relating to wider issues of gender relations in sport and to the earliest forms of notational and computer analysis of team sports, specifically women’s lacrosse in the 1980s.

Celia papers related to women’s sport, including the formation of the Women’s Sports Foundation and WomenSport International, were donated to the Anita White Foundation at the University of Chichester.

It will be fascinating to see how all these resources are made available on the interactive website.

Celia will not be at the launch. All her friends will be there to celebrate a wonderful life spent in the service of others.

Photo Credits

Sue Lyons (Leese) (The Braidwood Magazine)

Celia Brackenridge (Lacrosse Talk)

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