Kate Richardson-Walsh confirms her retirement

Kate Richardson-Walsh

After leading Great Britain to an historic Olympic Gold Medal in Rio, Kate Richardson-Walsh '100% confirmed her retirement from international hockey.

As she so eloquently put it, to bow out as captain of Great Britain while Olympic champions, and as captain of England while European Champions, there could be no better way to finish - at the very top of a sport she has dedicated her life to.

Kate made her international debut back in 1999 and has made 375 appearances for her country, captaining the side since 2003. She is the most capped female player in her country's history, surpassing Karen Brown's 355 mark in a series with Australia in 2016.

Rio was the Mancunian’s fourth Olympics; she collected a bronze medal at London 2012 before gold in Brazil. Glasgow 2014 marked her fourth Commonwealth Games where she was also selected to be Team England's flag bearer for the closing ceremony.

Shortlisted for the FIH World Player of the Year Award in 2003, Kate was GB Hockey’s Athlete of the Year in 2007 and has twice won the prestigious Hockey Writers’ Player of the Year, in 2003 and 2007.

Perhaps the most famous moment apart from her Olympic bronze medal was when she lifted the EuroHockey Nations title on home soil in 2015 as England bested the Netherlands in a dramatic final.

Kate married teammate Helen Richardson in 2013 and both changed their last name to Richardson-Walsh. To cap a pretty impressive CV, Kate was awarded an MBE in the Queen's honours list at the end of 2014.

On behalf of the entire hockey family, we would like to send Kate our very best wishes for the future and express our gratitude to her.

At the end of an Olympic cycle there may well be more players who consider their next move forward, but one thing is for certain, they will forever remain legends of our sport.