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Kate Richardson Walsh OBE [GB Hockey Captain]

Kate Richardson Walsh OBE: GB hockey captain, Olympic gold & bronze medallist, Commonwealth silver medal winner. 375 caps for her country. The accolades go on & on. Today, in our KS2 special assembly, we discovered just how much hard work & dedication it takes to become an Olympic champion. We also discovered what a wonderful & inspiring person Kate is!


Kate explained that she feels there are 3 steps to take in order to reach your goals:

  1. Hard work, dedication, resilience - stick at it!
  2. Be the best you you can be; don't compare yourself to others, concentrate on making yourself better (Kate's little sister used to be better at hockey than her. Kate concentrated on the things she was good at: hitting hard passes; tackling like a demon; reading the game well. It worked out quite well in the end...).
  3. Learn from your mistakes (nobody ever was brilliant at something straight away - keep going when times get tough, learn from your errors or when things go wrong).


Our children were absolutely thrilled to meet Kate - a few of them even got to wear her Olympic & Commonwealth Games medals & tracksuit tops. They asked a wide range of interesting questions, including

How did you feel when you won the gold medal?

How old were you when you first played for Great Britain?

How often did you train for when preparing for the Olympics?

When did you first play hockey?

Was hockey always your favourite sport?

Did you feel nervous before the Olympic final?


Kate is hoping to become involved in coaching & then maybe teaching; we're sure she will be brilliant at whatever she decides & inspire the next generation to reach the heights she has in her career.


We'd like to thank Marc, from Formby Hockey Club, for arranging such an fantastic event - we will all remember meeting Kate for a long time.