Sport and Exercise Science student Celia joins the England Sevens programme for the 2018/19 season having been named as one of four university players to join the women’s sevens set up last season after just six months in the game.
Twickenham born and bred, she takes time out of her studies to play sevens full time, having also excelled at athletics during her school years at Orleans Park School in Richmond. Among her multi-event accolades, she represented England in heptathlon and won long jump at the 2011 School Games.
Having focussed on athletics as a teenager, she did not make the switch to rugby until the age of 21 when she was recruited to Loughborough Lightning, making her debut in the opening round of the Tyrrells Premier 15s in September 2017.
A sporting family, her sister Jenny was an international gymnast competing for Great Britain several times while brother Joe previously played for London Scottish RFC and is currently player coach for Twickenham RFC.
She counts Dames Jess Ennis-Hill and Kelly Holmes among her sporting idols while she says her parents Clare and Blessed taught her the fundamentals of success and to be resilient which have both helped her rugby career to date.