Announcing our new Patron
We are delighted to announce that England and GB Hockey player, Olympian and Spurs fan, Helen Richardson-Walsh has agreed to become our Patron.
“As a Proud Spurs fan I am delighted to become the Proud Lilywhites Patron. The work they have done so far in challenging homophobia in football is great and I look forward to being part of the growing LGBT fan group movement.”
Helen, a lifelong Spurs fan, became the youngest female hockey player to represent Great Britain at an Olympic Games in 2000. Since then she has played over 250 times for her country, winning numerous medals on the world stage and along the way picking up some highly prestigious personal accolades.
In 2012 Helen added an Olympic bronze medal to her collection meaning she can boast an impressive career by winning a medal in every major hockey tournament including a World Cup bronze, six European medals and three Commonwealth Games medals. 2009 was an excellent year for Helen being nominated for the World Player of the Year; she was included in the World All Stars Team and she won the UK Hockey Writers’ Player of the Year.
One of Helen’s most valued achievements has come away from the pitch; aged just 23 she battled back from a career threatening injury, which left her sidelined to two years and defying consultants who said she’d never play for GB again. Helen is currently recovery from double back surgery but still has Rio 2016 firmly in her sights.
INTERNATIONAL MEDALS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:
- Olympic Games Bronze Medal (2012)
- World Cup Bronze Medal (2010)
- Champions Trophy Silver Medal (2012) and Bronze Medal (2010)
- Commonwealth Games Silver Medal (2002) and 2 Bronze Medals (2006, 2010)
- European Silver Medals (1998 (Indoor), 2013) and 5 Bronze Medals (1999, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011)
- World League Bronze Medal (2013)
- Champions Challenge Gold Medal (2001) and Bronze Medal (2007)
- Total Medals = 17
- Twice voted UK Hockey Writers’ Player of the Year (2009 & 2010)
- World Player of the Year Nominee (2009)
- British Olympic Association Hockey Athlete of the Year (2010)
- Three times voted in the FIH All Stars Team (2009, 2010, 2011)
DOMESTIC TROPHIES AND ACHEIVEMENTS:
- 6 Times National Premier League Champions (2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013)
- European Cup Club Championship, Gold, Silver x 2 and Bronze (2009, 2002, 2007 and 2006)
- HA Cup Winners (2005)
- 2 Times Indoor Premier League Champions (2013 & 2014)
- 249 Great Britain and England Caps
- Olympic Games (2000, 2008 & 2012)
- 3 World Cups (2002, 2006 & 2010)
- 3 Commonwealth Games (2002, 2006 & 2010)
- 6 European Championships (1999, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 & 2013)
- 4 Champions Trophies (2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012)
- 1 World League (2013)
- 1 Indoor European Cup
We look forward to welcoming Helen to Proud Lilywhites and working closely together. Thanks Helen!