Former England and Team GB hockey captain Kate Richardson-Walsh was chosen as the flagbearer for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games closing ceremony after leading her side to a historic gold medal in Brazil.
The England stalwart made her international debut in 1999 and went on to become the most capped female player in the country’s history, making 375 appearances.
Richardson-Walsh was the most experienced member of the squad selected for London 2012 and captained the team to a bronze medal despite breaking her jaw earlier in the tournament, having also appeared at the Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
The defender became captain in 2003 and led England to a host of other international medals including World Cup bronze in 2010 and EuroHockey gold in 2015.
Withington-born Richardson-Walsh also accumulated four Commonwealth Games medals between 2002 and 2014 – two silver and two bronze.
After a long and successful career, Richardson-Walsh announced her retirement in 2016 and was awarded an OBE for services to hockey.