Kate Richardson-Walsh

Olympic Gold Hockey Player and Great Britain Hockey Captain for 13 years

Kate Richarson-Walsh

Kate Richardson-Walsh MBE is famed for being the England Hockey team captain for 13 years and representing England in Olympic Hockey. Showing a life-long dedication to Hockey, Kate has earned the hearts of the nation along with winning a series of accolades in reward of her talent and commitment. Kate made her debut in the hockey world back in 1999, playing for both England and Great Britain. Since her debut she has had the opportunity to play in a number of esteemed international competitions. Such include three Summer Olympic Games, four Commonwealth Games and four Hockey World Cups. Along with multiple appearances in EuroHockey Nations Championships, Kate’s performances have earned her both the title of Hockey Writers Club UK Player of the Year twice and Great Britain Hockey Athlete of the Year.

Kate’s first Olympic Games, London 2012 Olympic Games, were tainted with disaster. She was hit with a hockey stick, resulting in a broken jaw which put her Olympic dream in jeopardy. Despite much speculation that she would not return to the Olympics, Kate was fortunate to recover and make the last group game against China. The team went on to claim bronze for their efforts, and Kate continued to train in the hope that she would return to win gold. That dream became a reality at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games when Kate and her team delivered an impeccable performance and claimed the gold medal in the field hockey event.

In addition to her time playing for England and Great Britain, Kate also spent time playing for Reading Hockey Club. Kate’s commitment to hockey saw her become the most capped female in Great Britain, with an impressive 355 caps. Such commitment saw Kate honoured in the 2015 New Year Honours, claiming the title of Member of the Order of the British Empire.

Kate retired from international hockey in 2016, and has since gone on to coach the sport instead. In 2018 she took on the challenge of joint head coach at Hampstead & Westminster Ladies XI, continuing her love for the sport. She has also devoted her time to commentary, joining BBC Sport for commentary and analysis, Radio 5 Live during the 2018 Commonwealth Games and BT Sport during the 2018 World Cup.

As an Olympic speaker, Kate is able to draw upon both her experience on and off the pitch incorporating a unique twist into the speeches she delivers. Covering topics such as drive, determination, success, failure and peak performance Kate is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on every audience member.

To book Kate Richardson-Walsh MBE for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact Champions Olympic Speakers using the contact details below.

When at corporate events, Kate is known to cover:

  • Drive & Determination
  • Success & Failure
  • Peak Performance
  • LGBT
  • Motivation & Teamwork
  • Olympic Games
  • Olympic Hockey
  • Team Leadership

Take a look at Kate in action here:

Over the course of her career, Kate has made the following achievements:

  • Olympic gold medallist in team hockey
  • Olympic bronze medallist in team hockey
  • Champions Trophy silver medallist in team hockey
  • World Cup bronze medallist in team hockey
  • EuroHockey Nations Championship gold medallist
  • EuroHockey Nations Championship silver medallist
  • EuroHockey Nations Championship bronze medallist x5
  • Champions Challenge gold medallist
  • Champions Challenge bronze medallist
  • European Indoor Championships silver medallist
  • Hockey Writers Club UK Player of the Year
  • Great Britain Hockey Athlete of the Year

Take a look at what people had to say when Kate appeared at their event:

“We feel like the conference went well and Kate was definitely a big part of that! Her talk was inspiring, motivating and very emotional (in a good way) The reactions we got after her talk were all super positive. Please tell her that the entire of Intuo is a bit in love with her”-Emiel, Intuo

“Kate gave a great speech and was amazing with taking questions from the floor. She was happy to have photos with people and chat away to the students which they all loved”

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