Congratulations Celia!
by Debbie - on May 11, 2012

Celia was recognised in the 2012 New Year's Honours list for her voluntary work with the IW Special Olympics and her services to disability sport.

Celia moved to the Island in 1974 from Reading when her husband, Bernard, a prison officer, got a new job here. She said "I did not really want to come but it was a very good move for us and I would not live anywhere else now.".

Celia has five children, Paul, Helen, Philip, Darren Walters and Theresa. It was was Darren who prompted Celia to get involved in the IW Special Olympics.

She said: "In 1987, a group of people decided to hold a big sporting occasion for people with special needs. It was a huge success. Darren was a part of it - he lit the torch."

Three months after that event, the IW Special Olympics body was formed and Celia sat on the committee. She has served as its secretary and chairman for two years and currently is team manager for athletics.

The event has since grown from strength to strength and athletes now travel and compete on the mainland.

Celia was recently singled out in the Island's Community Action Awards where she received a shield, £50 and a certificate after scooping the judge's award for a volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to their organisation. She added: "As far as I am concerned, yes, I have worked hard but so have a lot of other people. It is a team thing. Without our athletes and the committee, there would be no Special Olympics."