Crista has had an extensive career at the highest level, playing the sport she loves, spanning thirteen years, culminating in 197 appearances for England & Great Britain. She has had individual accolades along the way nominated in the Federation of International Hockey World X1 squads in 2006, 2007 and 2010, also received the Hockey Writers Club Player of the Year in 2005 and 2007. She has been lucky enough to play in three Olympic Games throughout this time, Beijing finishing in 6th place, London where they won Bronze and finally Rio where they got what she had only dreamt of an Olympic Gold Medal.
Crista’s career spanned team appearances at World Cup, Commonwealth and Olympic Games, however had a slightly unorthodox ending. Crista retired after the London 2012 Games and returned to Kenya to focus on her interests in Wildlife Conservation, however a call from the GB Head Coach led her to reunite with the squad just 10 months ahead of the 16-strong group being selected for Rio. Where Crista was ultimately part of a brilliant team, who demonstrated a never die attitude and that fought to the bitter end. “It is those special moments, too many to mention, that is why I play a team sport, that Friday night on the 19th August 2016 was a very special moment in time,” she said. Now it is our job as hockey players to do what we can to nurture the added interest the Gold medal has generated for our Sport.