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OBE, Olympic gold medalist Kate Richardson-Walsh

Kate Richardson-Walsh

The lecturers at Brunel are very passionate about sport, they've inspired and supported me throughout my international career.

Kate, Alumni

Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences BSc - 2003

From UK

Kate Richardson-Walsh graduated from Brunel in 2003 with a Sport Sciences BSc. As captain of Team GB Hockey Women’s Team, Kate won the first ever Olympic gold for the women’s GB hockey team at Rio 2016.

In recognition of her achievements, Kate received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year’s Honours list 2017. She was also shortlisted for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016 following her penalty shoot-out victory in the Olympic final against the Netherlands.

We caught up with alumnae Kate-Richardson-Walsh OBE at our summer graduation ceremony, where she received an honorary degree. Hear what she had to say in our video.


  • Richardson-Walsh is three times a winner of the Hockey Writers Club UK Player of the Year award (2003. 2007 and 2012).
  • In 2003 and 2016, she was shortlisted for the FIH World Player of the Year Award.
  • She was named Great Britain Hockey Athlete of the Year in 2007.
  • In 2014, Richardson-Walsh was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University.
  • Richardson-Walsh was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to hockey and Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours, also for services to hockey.
  • In 2016, Richardson-Walsh was the first hockey player to be shortlisted for BBC Sports Personality of the Year. She achieved 6th place out of 16 nominees with 34,604 votes 
  • In June 2017, Richardson-Walsh was presented with the highest honour in English Hockey; the England Hockey Member of Honour. The award is the highest accolade that can be bestowed by the Governing Body and is made in recognition of outstanding contribution to England Hockey. Including Richardson-Walsh, there are only six existing Members of Honour.
  • Brunel University presented alumna Richardson-Walsh with an Honorary Doctorate in July 2017, recognising her service to the national or international community.
  • Richardson-Walsh was the first British hockey player to be inducted into the European Hall of Fame by the EHF. The ceremony took place during the 2017 European Hockey Championships in Holland.