Kate Richardson-Walsh named member of the EOC Athletes' Commission

Kate Walsh

The European Olympic Committees (EOC) elects ten athletes to the Athletes' Commission in the run-up to an Olympics, and England and GB star Kate Richardson Walsh has been named as one of the honoured few.

The idea behind the Commission is to see that the opinions and rights of the athletes remain considered as the preparations and decisions are made for the next Olympic Games. Since 2001 there have been four elections, one for each Olympics, all to make sure that the 'athletes' voice' is heard.

Kate has been in the England and GB teams since 1999, and has captained England and GB  since 2003. At London 2012 she captained the Great Britain team to bronze medal glory, and this year Kate has been a two-time silver medallist, coming second with the England team at the Investec World League Semi Final in Chiswick, the next round of which will be this December in Argentina, and at EuroHockey2013 in Belgium. Kate also serves on the Athletes' Commission for the British Olympic Association.

After the announcement Kate said “It is an honour to be selected for such a unique role, and an incredible opportunity to be able to represent my fellow athletes in something that has played such an important role in our lives.

“The London 2012 Olympics was phenomenal for both myself and the rest of Team GB. My role on the Athlete Commission allows me to use my experiences to ensure future games are run to the same quality as London, if not better”.
Source: Team GB

Kate is currently playing in the Investec Women's Hockey League Premier Division with Reading. To see where they and every other team in the league will be playing next, you can visit our fixtures page.