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Englands Kate Richardson-Walsh on marrying her team-mate

Englands Kate Richardson-Walsh on marrying her team-mate
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Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh grew up http://www.officialphilliesproshop.com/WOMENS-CHUCK-KLEIN-JERSEY.html together, became world-class hockey players together and won Olympic medals together. Nine months ago, they were married. If two England footballers heading to this year's World Cup were set to celebrate their first anniversary, coverage would be difficult to avoid. Back in January, former Premier League player Thomas Hitzlsperger announced he was gay "to move the discussion about homosexuality among professional sportspeople forwards". However, hockey's same-sex wedding sparked little coverage beyond congratulations. There was no discussion - players say none was needed. "We are a couple, we love each other and we happen to be playing in the same team," says 34-year-old Kate Richardson-Walsh, the England captain. "I feel quite proud that I was brought up around hockey, where there have been lots of different ethnicities, religions, sexualities and so on. It's normal, and I feel proud of that. "We're very professional in that we draw a line and when we're at hockey we are Kate and Helen, hockey players and team-mates. "Away from hockey we're Kate and Helen the couple. It's important that line is drawn and to be able to say to each other 'that's not good enough', and not start having a row about it afterwards. "We do talk about hockey at home. We Angel Pagan L Jersey don't row about it but we have really good debates because we're so passionate about the game and passionate about the squad." On the field, Kate and 32-year-old Helen have led the restoration of Britain as a hockey force. Bronze at London 2012, Team GB's first Olympic hockey medal in two decades, would have been unlikely without influential defender Kate Walsh and tireless midfielder Helen Richardson. Off the field, when they became the Richardson-Walshes, team-mates believe the couple demonstrated how little trouble hockey has with diversity - a word, and concept, some other sports have struggled to manage. "The culture of hockey is so much more open. We're so lucky to be hockey players. Everyone is just accepted for who they are," says Beth Storry, who played in goal for Britain at the London Olympics and whose partner is Dutch defender Chantal de Bruijn. "Ever since I've been young, hockey has been a very open environment if you're gay or lesbian. I couldn't imagine playing in a sport where you couldn't be yourself and not be open about who you are. "With football, I think it's a great shame - the odds are there are probably a lot of gay men playing in the Premier League. It's a shame you can't be open, you can't be who you want to be. In hockey, nobody judges you, nobody questions you." The Richardson-Walshes made their Olympic debuts together at Sydney 2000 but only became an item at the Beijing 2008 Games, after Walsh http://www.officialsanfranciscogiants.com/WOMENS-PABLO-SANDOVAL-JERSEY.html had broken off her engagement to Brett Garrard, the former England and GB men's hockey captain. The two came through London 2012 to win bronze despite Kate breaking her jaw in the opening group game, leaving Helen to deputise as captain - and worry not only about her loved one undergoing emergency surgery, but also about leading a team now missing a key player. Kate missed just two games, returning to action with a plate in her jaw and a protective mask. But now, two years later, something far more painful has happened.

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