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Helen Richardson Walsh

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Helen Richardson-Walsh

Over the course of her 17-year international career Helen amassed a Commonwealth bronze and two silvers, a bronze at London 2012, and the European Championship title in 2015. She reached the pinnacle of her sport as part of the celebrated GB hockey team that beat the Netherlands in Rio, stepping on to the podium alongside her team mate and wife, GB captain Kate Richardson-Walsh. Helen was one of only two players to score during a tense penalty shootout and is recognised at world level as one of the best in the business – shortlisted for the World Player of the Year Award and named in the FIH World All Stars Team three times. Alongside GB Head Coach Danny Kerry and a close knit team of senior players they put in place team values, behaviours and tactics to create a winning culture within the squad. ‘Be the Difference, Create History and Inspire the Future’ was their team mantra and having stepped down from international duty with almost 300 caps, Helen continues to play at club level in Cambridge.

We have worked with some great coaches in past seasons!

Shona McCallin
Shona is a Rio 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist and has been playing for England since she was 15 years old. She has progressed through the England age groups over the past 7 years, reaching GB senior level in 2013 at the age of 21. Shona made her full England Debut in 2014, and became a European Gold Medallist the following year, was nominated for the Lincolnshire Sports Woman of the Year in 2016 and has won 6 English National Titles to date. She currently plays for Holcombe Hockey Club.
Tom Carson
Tom Carson (Midfield) gained his first international cap on his debut for the England Men’s Hockey team in a three-match series against Belgium, in Antwerp. Since then, Tom has accrued 75 caps, scoring 20 goals. Tom coaches for Reading University and currently plays for Reading Hockey Club, which is Premier Division of the national league and have recently qualified to play in the European Hockey League (EHL) again.
Beckie Herbert
Beckie plays in the Premiership Hockey League for Surbiton HC and is a 7 time Premier League champion. Beckie captained England at Under 16 and 21 level and made her England senior debut at 17 years old against Japan in 2003. She made her debut for Great Britain against South Africa aged 20 in 2007. Since then Beckie has collected over 100 international caps; 72 for England and 32 for Great Britain. She has won a Bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games and is also a three time Bronze medallist at the European Championships.
Crista Cullen
Crista is a Rio 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist and London 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist. She is widely recognised as one of the best hockey defenders in the world and has been dedicated to Leicester Hockey Club as an influential part of the team for over ten years. Crista accelerated quickly with her hockey, playing County, Regional and England before being honoured with her Great Britain Cap when she was 18 in 2003. Crista has over 185 Great Britain and England combined caps, Commonwealth, World Cup and European cup bronze medals, awarded Great Britain’s Hockey player of the year (2006) and named three times in the International Hockey Federation’s World All Stars Team (2006, 2007, 2010).