Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE

Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE

Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE is an Olympic medal winning hockey player, former captain of the GB and England women’s hockey teams and is the most capped female hockey player in her country’s history.

A charismatic and inspirational leader, Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE is widely credited for helping build the winning team ethos and commitment that drove the GB team to win gold at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. Kate made Olympic history alongside her team mate and wife Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE, as the first same sex married couple to win an Olympic medal playing for the same team.

Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE achieved 375 caps for her country and played in four Olympic Games. In a career spanning 17 years she won 19 medals including three gold, five silver and 11 bronze.

After a disastrous performance in the 2014 World Cup, where the team finished in 11th place, 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.

Kate was integral to the rebuilding and in the next Olympics captained the team in their gold medal-winning success in a tournament where the team were undefeated.

In 2015 Kate Richardson-Walsh was awarded an MBE and the following year was nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. In 2017 she was then awarded an OBE for services to hockey.

Kate is an experienced motivational speaker and happy to host or deliver Q&As, keynotes and after dinners talks. She has a powerful leadership and team building story to tell and can speak on a range of themes including diversity and Inclusion, leadership and communication, building a winning mind-set and team building.

Contact Great British Speakers today to book international hockey player and Olympic medal winner Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE for your next event.

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“THANK YOU! What a wonderful, inspirational morning. I thought Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE was amazing.  She was very passionate and very honest about her role as a captain, leader and as a team player.

“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

“Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE 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 takeaways 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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