Richardson-Walsh nominated for Sports Personality of the Year

Kate Richardson-Walsh

Kate Richardson-Walsh will go head to head with some of the biggest names in sport as she has been nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

The defender who is the most capped female hockey player in her country’s history with 375 caps, brought the curtain down on a glittering career this summer by leading her team to a glorious gold medal at the Rio Olympics.

Richardson-Walsh and her team captured the imagination of the entire nation as their undefeated streak took them to the Olympic final where in front of a TV audience of millions they held their nerve to defeat the reigning World and Olympic Champions, Netherlands on shootout.

The No11 was competing in her fourth Olympics and has long been the symbol of the team with her determination, will to win and her leadership inspiring team mates and opponents alike. She was named as Team GB’s flag bearer for the closing ceremony at the Olympics. As well as being nominated for this prestigious prize, the Great Britain captain has also been nominated for the FIH World Player of the Year award.

Richardson-Walsh told England Hockey:

‘It’s such an honour to be shortlisted for Sports Personality of the Year. In a year when we have seen so many sporting highlights I’m so proud to be named alongside such incredible athletes and to be able to fly the flag for hockey and women’s team sport’

Voting will be open via the BBC Sport Website, details here.