Kate Richardson-Walsh's Three Steps to Success
The College were delighted to have ex-GB Hockey Captain and Rio Olympic Gold medallist Kate Richardson-Walsh come to the College to deliver training sessions and an inspirational talk to the pupils on Wednesday 28th June. Kate represented GB/England 375 times and competed in four Olympics, winning Bronze in London and Gold in Rio. She shared her story of reaching gold with the whole of the Lower Fifth and Fourth Form and then answered a number of varied and inquisitive questions from the audience. It truly was an inspiring experience for all involved and the pupils were full of admiration for Kate and the sacrifices she made to reach gold.
In her talk, Kate spoke about the three central themes that led her to achieve gold: vision, challenge and strength. She talked about using these themes in any sphere of life and encouraged the pupils to aim high in life and not to let disappointments along the way stop them from reaching their goals.
Kate also hosted a session with the Fourth Form and Lower Fifth hockey scholars, with a focus on ball carrying and decision making under pressure and at speed. All the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the high intensity session. Here are some of the comments from the pupils involved:
“On Wednesday the hockey scholars were lucky enough to have a training session with the ex captain of the GB ladies team, who, along with all of their other successes, won the Rio Olympics Gold medal. The session was essentially about speed with the ball and creative decision making. It was truly inspiring as she not only helped us out of our shells but really explored improvisation and how we can communicate that with our teammates. It was amazing to be coached by such a high level international player and being taught how her experiences led to where she is now and how we can achieve that. She also coached us about working hard, and that how working hard and determination is key to being successful, and by seeing her Bronze and Gold medal the message really sank in. It was a truly inspiring experience and a wonderful training session.” Lana V, 4th
“I thought Kate’s speech was inspiring, not just to hockey players but everyone who has an interest in succeeding in what they want to pursue. She made everyone feel like they could achieve anything.” Lizzie T, 4th