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Celia Brackenridge: An outstanding sportswoman and a pioneering campaigner against sexual abuse in sport

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Celia Brackenridge: An outstanding sportswoman and a pioneering campaigner against sexual abuse in sport
One of the pioneering campaigners against sexual abuse in sport and an outstanding Olympian sportswoman sadly died yesterday

Very sadly yesterday Celia Brackenridge died after a long battle with leukemia.

I have written an obituary which has been published in my old newspaper The Guardian this evening. You can read about her extraordinary career here.

She will be sadly missed by her immediate family, friends, her partner, Diana, sports professionals across the world , academics at Brunel University and local people who got to know her in Berkhamsted.

Her fearless campaigning against sexual abuse in sport was ahead of our time and comes just as some of the people, particularly in the football world are finally facing justice for the sexual abuse of young promising soccer stars.

She faced the equivalent of today's internet trolls - hate mail - from people who did not want to believe this was happening or wanted it covered up.

The good news is that her work will not die with her because there is substantial funding for the Safe Sport International organisation she set up and action will continue on the issues she has raised.

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