Helen Richardson-Walsh is a former hockey player, capped 293 times for Team GB and England. Claiming 19 international medals and appointment of MBE and OBE, Helen is widely regarded as one of the most experienced hockey players in Team GB. Having also made history as part of the first same-sex married couple to win an Olympic medal on the same team, Helen is now booked as a female motivational speaker to encourage diversity and inclusion.
A prominent member of the GB hockey team, Helen has represented her country at the 2000, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games- claiming Olympic gold at the 2016 games and Olympic bronze at the 2012 games. She has also helped her team to achieve a silver Commonwealth Games medal, two bronze Commonwealth medals and a bronze World Cup medal. She also made headlines when she became the youngest ever woman to represent Team GB hockey at the Sydney Olympics, aged just 18.
Helen has also played domestic hockey, playing for the likes of West Bridgford Hockey Club, HC Den Bosch, Reading Hockey Club, HC Bloemendaal, Cambridge City Hockey Club and East Grinstead Hockey Club. She has also been shortlisted as World Player of the Year and been named three times to the FIH World All Stars Team. Outside of playing hockey, Helen has also been a Sky Sports Living for Sport Mentor, a Patron of Proud Lilywhites, an Ambassador for Access Sports and an Athlete Role Model for the Youth Olympic Games. She has also claimed the National Lottery Spirit of Sport Award and the Player of the Year award twice.
Passionate about diversity and inclusion, Helen is now booked as a female motivational speaker to inspire other women with her stories of hockey success. Having become the first same-sex couple to be appointed OBE on the same honours list and win Olympic gold together, Helen is an inspirational member of the LGBT+ community and widely regarded as a role model of representation. Encouraging the participation of women in sport, Helen covers various other topics such as mental wellbeing, psychology, inspiring generations and more. When looking for an empowering female motivational speaker, Helen Richardson-Walsh is a fantastic choice.
Helen Richardson-Walsh is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:
“You were brilliant and very inspirational. The timing was just right and the positive message on your ‘vision’ was great- I have thought of it often!! Your pitch was just right, being for students and parent and your visual displays were great”
“Helen was FANTASTIC! We’re really happy with how the day went, and over the moon with Helen’s involvement”
“Helen is an inspiring speaker and shares her 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. Her reflections of leadership role, working with the team to set the right behaviour is extremely inspiring and motivating”