Celia celebrates turning 80 by Slalom Waterskiing in Chichester

Coach Brett Hodgkins and Celia Kent

An 80-year-old lady from Islington is celebrating her birthday today by taking on a tough challenge in West Sussex. 


Celia Kent, is showing no sign of slowing down as she takes on the Slalom course at Chichester Water Ski Club. 

Celia says “The atmosphere is very friendly. I feel so welcome and they have been really nice to me,” Celia says. “That’s why I keep going. There are many closer places but they’re not the same. At Chichester, they don’t look at me and wonder why I’m doing it at my age. There’s no pressure.”

One of the coaches who has been helping Celia prepare for the challenge is Brett Hodgkins, who has several World, European and British titles in waterskiing and wakeboarding. He is now an international waterski and wakeboard coach, running coaching clinics in the UK during the summer. 

Bret says, “Celia is as fit as a fiddle. Realistically, you would expect someone skiing at her level to be in her sixties. She’s a credit to us all,” Brett says. “From a coaching point of view, she’s very responsive but I’m always having to tell her to back off with the aggression she puts into her skiing - she really goes for it.”

During the big birthday event, Celia will take to the water at 2pm. In the evening, there will be refreshments, including pizza and birthday cake, to celebrate Celia’s remarkable feat.

Celia Kent shared with V2 Radio's News Editor, Philip Keeler, how her journey on the water began.






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