Olympic gold medalist’s advice

July 18, 2017

Olympic gold-medalist Kate Richardson-Walsh told Burgess Hill Girls to ‘be visionary, be challenged and be strong’ when she visited the school last week to talk about her career in hockey and present sports prizes to pupils.

Kate [pictured left with Burgess Hill pupils] was capped a record 375 times for her country and was the England and Great Britain captain for 13 years.

She told the girls about her career dips as well as the successes and stressed the value of teamwork.

Headteacher Liz Laybourn said pupils had been thrilled to hear about the realities of elite sport from the hockey star: “Sport is at the heart of school life, providing every student with the opportunity to fulfil their dreams and aspirations in the embodiment of the school’s motto; ‘I am, I can, I ought, I will’.”