Kate Walsh is an English Hockey gold medallist.
Currently the team Captain for Great Britain and England, Walsh has dedicated her life to Hockey. As an active sports person, Walsh has won Hockey Writers Club UK Player Of The Year twice. In 2003, Walsh shortlisted for the World Player Of The Year Award and later on, in 2007, Walsh was named Great Britain Hockey Athlete Of The Year.
Walsh made both her England and Great Britain debuts in 1999 and has gone on to play a full range of international tournaments including three summer Olympics, four Hockey World Cups and four Commonwealth Games. As a defender, Walsh has twice won medals at International tournaments at her hometown of Manchester – silver at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and bronze at the 2007 EuroHockey Nations Championships.
During the 2012 Summer Olympics, Walsh was hit by a stick in the team’s opening match against Japan and suffered a broken jaw, which was expected to end her journey in the olympic games. However, despite all odds, after missing two matches, she returned to play in their penultimate group game against China.
Alongside playing for England and Team GB, Walsh has also played club hockey for Reading in the England Hockey League Premier Division.
Walsh was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to hockey.
On February 2016, Walsh became the most capped female in Great Britain during test matches in Australia when hse overtook Karen Brown who had 355 caps.
Also in 2016, the British women’s field hockey team won gold at the Olympics; as Kate and Helen Richardson were both on that team, this made them the first same-sex married couple to win Olympic medals.
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