Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE is a gold medal winning, midfield Hockey player, competing for both England and Great Britain since 1999. She achieved an impressive 293 international caps, making her the 5th most capped female GB Hockey player, at her point of retirement. Amongst her many career highlights, Helen helped her team win multiple medals, spanning across Olympic games in Sydney, Beijing, London and Rio.
At the age of 7, Helen played Hockey for West Bridgford Hockey Club, later moving to Sherwood Hockey Club and Leicester Hockey Club. Headhunted for her talent, Helen won her first England cap at the impressive age of 17, in 1999. Within a year, Helen became the youngest female Hockey Olympic player, after representing her country in the Sydney Olympics, firmly positioning herself as a rising star within the sport. With a taste for victory, Helen went on to win silver in the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and bronze in the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games. In 2012, Helen captained Team GB to success in the 2012 London Olympics, taking her team taking home a bronze medal.
Continuing her Hockey career, Helen played for England during the EuroHockey Nations Championship, winning gold for the first time in 2015 after scoring a penalty against the Netherlands. Helen’s ongoing success showed no signs of slowing down, as in 2016 she once again won gold, thanks to her skill in the penalty shootout, taking home another victory for Team GB at the Summer Olympics. During the 2017 season, Helen signed with Cambridge City Hockey Club playing in the Investec Women’s League and Conference East, later taking on an Assistant Coaching role at the club.
Despite a hectic, athletic career, Helen also spent a lot of time volunteering her time for good causes. As a lifelong Spurs fan and member of the LGBT+ community, Helen became a patron of the Proud Lilywhites in 2014, the official LGBT+ association of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and an Ambassador for Access Sport, whose mission is to give more children access to a wide range of quality local sport.
Helen was part of the commentary team for the 2017 EuroHockey championships on BT Sport, along with her wife Kate. She also provided Hockey commentary and analysis for BBC Sport and Radio 5 Live at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and for BBC 5 Live and BT Sport at the 2018 Hockey World Cup. Due to her commitment, she was awarded an MBE for services to hockey alongside her wife, Kate, who received an OBE; making them the first same-sex married couple to be honoured in the same list.
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When at corporate events, Helen is known to cover the following topics:
- Drive & Determination
- Success & Failure
- Peak Performance
- Motivation & Teamwork
- The Olympic Games
“Inspirational and engaging”
– Chesham Preparatory School
“I just wanted to pass on my huge thanks to Kate for last night’s event. She was wonderful. She is such an inspiring speaker and was an absolute delight to have as a guest. We have been inundated with compliments for her and it seems she really struck the right note with audience in everything she said about team ambition and leadership.”
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