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Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Awards 2017 Guest Speaker Announced

Posted: Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:26

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Awards 2017 Guest Speaker Announced

Sport changes lives. Whether you play it, watch it, coach it or volunteer in it Sport and physical activity have the power to make a difference to the lives of everyone across our two counties.

Across Herefordshire and Worcestershire there are thousands of people taking part in a sport or activity that they love. They may be at the beginning of their journey, the pinnacle of their sporting dream, or simply using sport to make positive changes to their lives.

Aiming to inspire around 300 sportspeople, volunteers, coaches, local dignitaries and supporters, Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire is delighted to announce our guest speaker for the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Awards 2017.

This year the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire are thrilled to welcome Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE to speak at the awards on 23rd November at Sixways Stadium.

Amassing an impressive 375 appearances, England and Great Britain hockey captain Kate Richardson-Walsh has become the most capped female player in history. An inspirational and charismatic leader, Kate has been widely credited for helping to build the incredible team ethos and commitment that drove the GB team to a historic, nail-biting victory at the Rio Olympic Games. After securing a bronze in London 2012, Rio 2016 was her fourth Games and finally yielded the coveted Olympic Gold medal.

As GB captain Kate was instrumental in helping to construct the team ethos and resilience that ultimately paid off in Rio. From a disastrous low of 11th place at the World Cup in 2014, a process of self-examination and rebuilding was instigated in which the team built and signed up to their own collective culture of behavior, created a sense of common purpose and installed a distributed leadership structure to make sure this lived and breathed every day. Alongside this a process of learning through experience and collective reflection helped build a team that was able to adapt and withstand pressure whenever circumstances changed.

Having created history and retired from international hockey, Kate is determined to inspire the future, turning her experience towards coaching. She wishes to encourage the grassroots development of the game and apply the leadership and team and performance lessons of a career in elite sport.

Ahead of attending the evening Kate said, "I am honoured and looking forward to attending the 16th Annual Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Awards. These local events are the perfect opportunity to recognise the abilities, passion, contribution and achievements of sportspeople, volunteers, coaches and groups across Herefordshire and Worcestershire."

"These awards are more than just a celebration of medals won and targets achieved. Sport and physical activity enable a great sense of purpose, personal challenge and confidence, and I am looking forward to meeting and inspiring the everyday heroes that make sport accessible for everyone."

Stephen Brewster, Chief Executive Officer of the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire, said, "We are honoured to be able to announce that Kate will be attending and speaking at the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Awards."

"This event is our chance to honour our local sports men and women, coaches, volunteers, clubs and officials and to be able to invite them to an evening with someone of Kate's sporting calibre is a real privilege."

Previous special guests of the evening include Sharron Davies MBE, former double Commonwealth gold and Olympic silver medallist; Gail Emms MBE, former badminton world champion and Olympic silver medallist and Sascha Kindred CBE, seven-time Paralympic swimmer and world record holder.

The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Awards ceremony is our way of recognising and rewarding those people who participate, coach or volunteer in sport and physical activity. Sponsorship not only makes it possible for this prestigious event to take place, but enables us to give the nominees and winners the recognition and 'thank you' they deserve.

With many packages available, sponsoring the awards in any capacity is a fantastic opportunity to not only enhance your company's reputation throughout the local community, but also to reach potential new customers, show your appreciation for our local sporting heroes and have your brand associated with sport at a time when British sport is at an all-time high.

New for this year, we will be offering a Speaker Sponsorship package, allocating your company ten of the top seats in the house alongside our guest speaker Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE. You will be able to discuss the successes, struggles and stories from Kate's 13-year career and even come face-to-face with an Olympic gold medal.

If you are interested our speaker sponsorship package or being involved in any capacity, please contact Sarah Mackay on s.mackay@worc.ac.uk or call 01905 855543.

Nominations are now open, so if you know of someone who deserves recognition for their sporting achievement or contribution please nominate them at www.sportspartnershiphw.co.uk/sportsawards. Nominations will close on Sunday 17th September at 11:59PM.

Tags: Herefordshire, Hockey, Olympics, Rio, Sport Awards, Worcestershire