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Kate Richardson Walsh MBE, Olympic Gold Medalist and Inspirational Speaker

KATE RICHARDSON-WALSH MBE   Captain of GB and England Women's Hockey, Olympic Gold Medalist 

Kate Richardson-Walsh, is the most capped female hockey player in her country's history, and was captain of GB women's hockey teams for 13 years. An inspirational and charismatic leader she has been widely credited for helping build the incredible team ethos and commitment that drove the GB team to a nail biting victory at the Rio Olympic Games.  In winning gold Kate Richardson-Walsh also made history in other ways, becoming one half of the first same-sex married couple to win an Olympic medal playing in the same team.

Having made her international debut in 1999, Kate Richardson-Walsh has maintained elite performance levels for 17 years and made over 370 appearances for her country. After securing a bronze in London 2012, Rio 2016 was the Mancunian's fourth Games and finally yielded the coveted Olympic Gold medal. Alongside her GB duties Kate has captained England for 13 years, winning the European Championships in 2015 and securing a bronze and two silvers in three successive Commonwealth Games.

As GB captain Kate Richardson-Walsh  was instrumental in helping to construct the team ethos and resilience that ultimately paid off in Rio. From a disastrous low of 11th place at the World Cup in 2014, a process of self-examination and rebuilding was instigated in which the team built and signed up to their own collective culture of behavior, created a sense of common purpose and installed a distributed leadership structure. Alongside this a process of learning through experience and collective reflection helped build a team that was able to adapt and withstand pressure whenever circumstances changed. 

Shortlisted for the FIH World Player of the Year Award,  Kate Richardson-Walsh has also been GB Hockey's Athlete of the Year, has twice won the prestigious Hockey Writers' Player of the Year and was awarded an MBE in the Queen's honours list.

Kate Richardson-Walsh is an experienced motivational speaker and happy to host or deliver Q&As, keynotes and after dinners. She has a powerful leadership and team building story to tell and can speak on the following themes: 

Leadership and communication: building a winning mind-set and bringing out the best in people

Team building: creating unity of standards, spirit and culture

Maintaining peak performance

Ambition and goal setting: effective planning, organisation and evaluation 

Change management: How to turn performance around

High performance under pressure: performing at an elite level for 16 years

Diversity and Inclusion

Grass roots sport and inspiring a new generation

KATE RICHARDSON-WALSH MBE   Olympic Gold Medalist and Inspirational Speaker

Kate Richardson Walsh MBE  Captain of GB and England Women’s Hockey, Olympic Gold Medalist and Inspirational Speaker


Kate Richardson-Walsh, is the most capped female hockey player in her country's history, and was captain of GB women’s hockey teams for 13 years. An inspirational and charismatic leader she has been widely credited for helping build the incredible team ethos and commitment that drove the GB team to a nail biting victory at the Rio Olympic Games.  In winning gold Kate Richardson-Walsh also made history in other ways, becoming one half of the first same-sex married couple to win an Olympic medal playing in the same team.

Having made her international debut in 1999, Kate Richardson-Walsh has maintained elite performance levels for 17 years and made over 370 appearances for her country. After securing a bronze in London 2012, Rio 2016 was the Mancunian’s fourth Games and finally yielded the coveted Olympic Gold medal. Alongside her GB duties Kate has captained England for 13 years, winning the European Championships in 2015 and securing a bronze and two silvers in three successive Commonwealth Games.

As GB captain Kate Richardson-Walsh  was instrumental in helping to construct the team ethos and resilience that ultimately paid off in Rio. From a disastrous low of 11th place at the World Cup in 2014, a process of self-examination and rebuilding was instigated in which the team built and signed up to their own collective culture of behavior, created a sense of common purpose and installed a distributed leadership structure. Alongside this a process of learning through experience and collective reflection helped build a team that was able to adapt and withstand pressure whenever circumstances changed. 

Shortlisted for the FIH World Player of the Year Award,  Kate Richardson-Walsh has also been GB Hockey’s Athlete of the Year, has twice won the prestigious Hockey Writers’ Player of the Year and was awarded an MBE in the Queen's honours list.

In 2013 Kate Richardson-Walsh married Helen Richardson, her team mate since 1999. Adopting a double-barrelled name in the process, the ceremony was attended and celebrated by the rest of their team.

Having retired from international hockey following their Rio success, both are now set to join the Dutch club side Bloemendaal. Alongside this,Kate Richardson-Walsh is determined to turn her experience towards coaching, encouraging the grassroots development of the game and applying the leadership and performance lessons of a career in elite sport. She currently serves as an ambassador for the Women’s Sport Trust, supports disability hockey as an ambassador for Access Sport, and sits on the British and European Olympic Athlete’s Commissions. With the pressures of international hockey behind her she is also looking forward to indulging a few of her other passions, including travel, fashion, cooking and a mild obsession with Manchester United.

Kate Richardson-Walsh is an experienced motivational speaker and happy to host or deliver Q&As, keynotes and after dinners. She has a powerful leadership and team building story to tell and can speak on the following themes: 

Leadership and communication: building a winning mind-set and bringing out the best in people

Team building: creating unity of standards, spirit and culture

Maintaining peak performance

Ambition and goal setting: effective planning, organisation and evaluation 

Change management: How to turn performance around

High performance under pressure: performing at an elite level for 16 years

Diversity and Inclusion

Grass roots sport and inspiring a new generation

KATE RICHARDSON-WALSH MBE   Olympic Gold Medalist and Inspirational Speaker

Kate Richardson Walsh spoke at the Financial Times Women at the Top Summit, having just returned from Rio where she led the GB women's hockey team to Olympic victory. She gave a fascinating, insightful interview on leadership, team dynamics and the culture of a winning team, all in a way that was relevant to our senior corporate audience and which perfectly strengthened the core theme of our event: how to achieve gender balance and redefine leadership. It was an honour to have Kate join us and the audience loved it. I would fully recommend her as a speaker”

FT Women at the Top Summit

“I just wanted to pass on my huge thanks to  Kate Richardson Walsh 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. Please let her know how grateful we are.”

Mishcon de Reya, Entrepreneurs Forum

 Kate Richardson Walsh was superb in every aspect. So gracious, kind with her time and so nice to everyone. Her talk was indeed inspirational and resonated with all that were lucky to hear it. There were many key take-aways and I am sure , upon reflection that there may be more! I loved seeing her emotion and passion that still fires Kate and I am sure that whatever she does, she will be a resounding success.

Securis Investments, Team Away Day


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