Kate Richardson-Walsh had a history-defining career as an England hockey player, thriving at every level of competition, from the Olympic Games to the World Cup. Not only responsible for leading the national team to success but Kate is also credited with improving diversity and inclusion in sport particularly championing the achievements of women. For her incredible career, Kate was awarded an OBE and the most prestigious prize in her sport, being named an England Hockey Member of Honour. As a speaker, Kate expands on her time on the field and the influence it’s had on empowering women in all walks of life, a truly inspirational presentation.
From her international debut in 1999 to become England’s most capped female hockey player in history, Kate certainly made her mark during the 17 years she represented her country. An evidently gifted player on the field, Kate’s determination and commitment saw her become captain for 13 years, during which time she led the side to win Bronze at the London 2012 Games and won Gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Claiming the podium was a history-making moment in itself for England, however, Kate also made history when she became one half of the first same-sex couple to win an Olympic gold together, alongside her wife Helen. In total, Kate was capped 375 times for England and won 19 medals before her retirement.
In recognition of her extensive achievements and influence on the game, Kate has three times been named the Hockey Writers Club Player of the Year, and inducted into the European Hall of Fame, the first British hockey player to do so. Since stepping away from professional play, Kate has been involved as a Head Coach and is a regular pundit on games like the European Championship and World Cup for BBC Sport and BT Sport.
Using her platform to lead the conversation surrounding LGBT+ rights and female representation, Kate is committed to the empowerment of young women through her ambassador work and speaking engagements. Sharing her story to inspire the next generation, Kate’s talks are powerful, uplifting every woman in the audience and motivating them to achieve their goals, as Kate has done in her life. A history-making sportswoman, Kate is the ideal speaker to leave a long-lasting impression on guests.
Kate Richardson-Walsh is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:
“I just wanted to pass on my huge thanks to Kate 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 the audience in everything she said about team ambition and leadership. Please let her know how grateful we are.”
“Kate 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.”
“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.”