A girl from the plains of Africa.
A girl from the plains of Africa, with focus and tenacity, was able to stand on the top podium at the pinnacle of sport, with a great team, and show the ultimate achievement. Crista now translates this success and journey for others to help them see what is possible with the same effort, whether this is in the classroom, hockey pitch or the organisational boardrooms. Her focus in all speeches is clear, understanding the needs of the individual and the team and translating her experiences to that environment to show that anything is possible with the right focus and determination.
On Crista’s road to success she faced many challenges and hurdles, both personal and professional. As a transplant into the UK from her native Kenya, Crista originally picked up a hockey stick as a refuge from the pressures of fitting into a boarding school environment. She had to quickly learn, she grew rapidly and quickly became a top international athlete. This growth was fueled by her never-ending focus on self-improvement and team commitment. It was in these growth years she set the goal of an Olympic medal. Later, she achieved World Cup medals, Commonwealth Games medals, European Cup medals, individually world team all star statuses and eventually entry to the Olympic teams. In her Olympic aspirations, the team failed in its first attempt but this only spurred her on. Crista later achieved presence at the Beijing Olympics, earning top team GB goal scorer, but fell short of her ambitions of achieving an Olympic medal. Again, undaunted, she returned to the London Olympics where she finally achieve a Bronze. It was at this point where Crista stepped away from hockey and returned to Africa to focus on her conservation efforts. However, her pursuit of constant improvement would not let her accept Bronze as ‘good enough’. Against all odds, Crista rejoined team GB and earned a spot on the team to ultimately achieve Gold at the Rio Olympics.