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Rio hockey gold medallist Kate Richardson-Walsh has been shortlisted for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award 2016

Sitting alongside sporting luminaries such as Andy Murray, Gareth Bale and Mo Farah it’s an amazing achievement to round off a 17 year career at the top of the international game.

Captain of England and GB women’s hockey for 13 years Kate is not only an inspirational leader and team player within hockey, but also within Team GB more widely where she was chosen to carry the GB flag for the closing ceremonies of the 2014 Commonwealth and 2016 Olympic Games. The winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year will be chosen on BBC One on the evening of Sunday 18 December so don’t forget to tune in and vote for Kate! An inspirational speaker who can deliver movingly on leadership, team work and motivation. Kate is also one half of the first same sex married couple ever to win an Olympic medal playing for the same team and is a huge proponent of LGBTQ diversity, and female leadership. Kate has received some glowing testimonials following her speaking engagements, such as; FT Women at the Top Summit “Kate 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” Mishcon de Reya, Entrepreneurs Forum “Kate was wonderful, 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 audience in everything she said about team ambition and leadership” Securis Investments, Team Away Day “Kate was superb in every aspect. So gracious, kind with her time and so nice to everyone. Her talk was inspirational and resonated with all that were lucky to hear it. There were many key take-aways and I am sure , upon reflection that there may be more!”

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