The Gold medal winning 2016 Olympic Final in Rio saw Crista Cullen win her 197th Great Britain and England combined cap, coming 13 years after her first appearance for Great Britain aged just 18.
After gaining a Business Studies Degree at Nottingham Trent University, Crista worked at Sports Recruitment International ahead of the London Olympics in 2012. Despite announcing her retirement from Hockey post-London, in 2015 she was invited back to fight for a place in the Rio Olympic Games squad and her subsequent ambitions for a third Olympic appearance were not only realised but brought Olympic Gold in the most dramatic of Finals.
A winner of Commonwealth, World Cup and European Cup Bronze medals, Olympic Gold is to date the highlight of a career that has also seen her awarded Great Britain’s Hockey Player of the Year in 2006, as well as being named three times in the International Hockey Federation’s World All Stars Team.
Crista’s story is designed to inspire delegates and shows that resilience and perseverance are required to realise these goals. She focuses on what makes a high performing team, and what is required to perform at the highest level. Underpinned by both her success in elite level sport and engaging breadth of interests, Crista is charismatic, persuasive and articulate in her delivery of highly motivational speeches and presentations and she is now looking to expand and enhance her media exposure in the coming months.