Rio Olympic gold medallist Helen Richardson-Walsh signs for Cambridge City Hockey Club
Team GB star makes switch to City
Cambridge City Hockey Club have pulled off a coup by signing Olympic gold medallist Helen Richardson-Walsh for the upcoming Investec Women’s Hockey League season.
The 35-year-old midfielder was part of the Team GB squad that claimed an historic gold medal at the Rio Olympics, scoring one of the decisive penalties in the shoot-out against the Netherlands.
Richardson-Walsh earned a bronze medal with Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics, and won a silver medal with England at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002 and bronze medals in Melbourne (2006) and Delhi (2010).
She links up with City – where her brother Andy is club chairman – after a season playing in Europe with HC Bloemendaal.
“Cambridge City Hockey Club is a great club,” Richardson-Walsh told the club’s website.
“It has big ambitions, but at the same time maintains a welcoming, family-orientated focus.
“The club is also doing a lot of great work with the community, not least in its commitment to Flyerz (Disability) Hockey.
“Hockey has something for everyone. You can be super skilful or really fast and still be successful and that’s what I love about it.
“It’s great to hear so many people have been inspired to take up the sport since we won gold at the Olympics last year. Being a part of that is simply incredible and such a special feeling, and I’m looking forward to sharing those experiences with my new club.”
City’s ladies’ team are in the Conference East, and their new season gets under way at their Wilberforce Road home on September 30.
Captain Alex Bright said: “We’ve always ensured that our hockey club is open to everyone, be that Olympic-standard players like Helen, or those that want a run-around on a Saturday afternoon.
“However, whether you are playing in our first team, the veteran sides or one of our junior teams, it’s hard not to be inspired by Helen’s achievements, especially in Rio last year.”