Crista Cullen

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Crista Cullen
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Crista Cullen in 2010
Personal information
Nationality British
Born (1985-08-20) 20 August 1985 (age 32)
Boston, Lincolnshire, England
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)
Country  Great Britain
Sport Hockey

Chay Crista Kerio Cullen, MBE (born 20 August 1985) is an Olympic Gold Medal winning English field hockey player.

Hockey career[edit]

Cullen made her senior international debut for England in 2003. She was part of the Great Britain squad which won Bronze at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, as well as the England squad that won Bronze at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.[1]

She retired from international hockey after the 2012 Summer Olympics, aged 27. She earned 171 international caps.[2][3] She came out of retirement in 2015 to join the Great Britain team for the 2016 Rio Olympics and played an instrumental part in a team that went unbeaten throughout the tournament, eventually winning an Olympic gold medal.

She has played club hockey for Leicester, based at the Stoneygate Preparatory School in Great Glen.[4][5]


She was named in the International Hockey federation World Star XI following the 2006 Hockey World Cup, as well as 2006 Great Britain Hockey Athlete of the Year and Hockey Writers' 2005 and 2006 UK Hockey Player of the Year.[6]

In 2006 and 2008 she was nominated for the FIH Player of the Year Awards(Young Woman) Award and in 2012 she was nominated for the FIH Hockey Player of the Year (Woman) Award.

Cullen was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to hockey.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Cullen attended the independent Oakham School in Rutland. She then gained a BA in Business Studies (Strategy & Entrepreneurship) at the Nottingham Business School, gaining a 2.1 in 2006. She works as a Business Development Consultant for The Kennel Club and as Performance Director for Edwin Doran Sports Tours ( Her father was a golfer and her mother played professional squash. She first played hockey aged nine, when living in Kenya until she was twelve. Her parents still live in Kenya where they run the Hemingways hotel near Watamu. Her brother Gray Cullen played junior rugby for England and in 2009 debuted for the Kenya national rugby union team.[8]


  1. ^ "Crista Cullen Bio, Stats, and Results - Olympics at". Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "GB Hockey Profile". Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "From Olympic hockey medals to animal conservation in Nairobi - Crista Cullen is always fighting for something". Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Leicester Hockey Club". Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "EHL Statistics". Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "UK Hockey Player of the Year Award - Hockey Writers' Club". 27 December 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "No. 61803". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2016. p. N17. 
  8. ^ The Standard (Kenya), 9 July 2009: Kenya overcome Senegal to advance Archived 11 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine.

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