Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE

Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE

Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE is an Olympic medal winning hockey player, has competed at four Olympic games and was the youngest ever woman to represent GB Hockey at an Olympic Games.

In an International career spanning 17 years, Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE won three gold, three silver and 11 bronze medals. Two of these were Olympic medals, with a bronze at London 2012 and a gold in Rio 2016. Helen made Olympic history alongside her team mate and wife Kate Richardson-Walsh, as the first same sex married couple to win an Olympic medal playing for the same team.

Success has not always come easy, though, for Helen. After glory at London 2012, she went on to suffer with injuries, five rounds of surgery on her back and ankles and the warning that she may never play competitive hockey again.

Forced to spend two years out of the game she missed the World Cup in 2014 and underwent periods of depression as she started to question her self-identity, life choices and ability to achieve her goals.

However, showing significant psychological and physical strength Helen managed to return to the team and played an instrumental part of a leadership turn around at GB women’s hockey.

With 300 caps to her name, Helen stepped down from international duty and in 2017 she received an MBE for services to hockey.

Helen completed a degree in Psychology, has begun a masters and applies her knowledge as a Performance Psychologist at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

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“It was a real privilege to be in the audience for Kate and Helen’s presentation. Their passion for sharing guidance on how to promote a united culture and to develop world-beating teams was palpable and infectious. The honest and open way they engaged with everyone in the auditorium, sharing both their strengths and their weaknesses, made their messages so much more powerful. It was an evening that will live long in the memory of everyone there.”
Partner RPC, on behalf of Lloyds of London

“Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE  is an inspiring speaker and shares her leadership story with integrity and humour. She is intelligent and engages the audience with her honest insights into resilience and how she returned to the team following a period of serious injury. Helen’s reflections of her leadership role, working with the team to set the right behaviour is extremely inspiring and motivating.”

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“Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE was fantastic, she was engaged with the event MC, the staff, family and children on site for the entire duration of her time with us. It was a real pleasure to meet her”

“I have asked Helen to speak on a number of occasions about her experiences as an elite athlete. Each time she has tailored her speech to suit the audience, which has included
children, parents, volunteers & PE students. She has the ability to engage her listeners instantly; she is always interesting and has a very good sense of humour. She has also been
truly inspiring- such a good positive role model for young people. I have no hesitation in recommending her as a speaker to any group in the future.”
Leicester Grammar School

“Helen was FANTASTIC! We’re really happy with how the day went, and over the moon with Helen’s involvement.”
Pladis UK

“Some people have tough periods in their life. The same with Helen. Some of the injuries, the back surgery — there is a real story here. When you dig and scratch the surface of some of these athletes, what they’ve been through and come out the other side of. They deserve everything they’ve got.”
Danny Kerry, GB Women’s Coach

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