Helen Richardson-Walsh wins Marjorie Pollard Salver

Triple Olympian chosen as best UK player at the 2016 Champions Trophy
Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
Helen Richardson-Walsh receives the Marjorie Pollard Salver from Lisa Wilson

Helen Richardson-Walsh receives the Marjorie Pollard Salver for 2016 from Lisa Wilson. Photo: www.spactionimages.com

Helen Richardson-Walsh was named by the Hockey Writers' Club as Britain’s best player in the 2016 women’s Champions Trophy at Queen Elizabeth Park in East London.

She was the most consistent player in a British team that failed to live up to expectations at the event.

Helen is the first person to receive the the Marjorie Pollard Salver three times, having won the award in 2009 and 2011.

She started the Champions Trophy by scoring both GB’s goals in a 2-2 draw with Argentina who won the trophy for a record seventh time by beating the Netherlands 2-1 an intense final.

She finished the tournament with some inspiring link play on Sunday as Britain won a thrilling game 4-3 against New Zealand to take fifth place.

Helen won the trophy which is named in memory of one of England’s finest forwards who was equally well renowned as a journalist. It has been presented annually after a selected major event since 1985.

The presentation was made at the stadium media centre by Lisa Wilson, whose husband Graham, the HWC Chairman, passed away recently a few weeks after their 22-year-old son Tom tragically died after a freak accident while at hockey training. Lisa was joined by her daughter Pippa.

Lisa said she was especially pleased to be presenting the trophy to Helen who has shown the courage to fight her way back to the Great Britain team after what seemed a never-ending series of injuries.

It was Helen and her married partner Kate, the GB captain, who were the first to send condolences to Lisa, despite the fact that they were just about to take the field at a match in Argentina.

Helen and Kate who were married two years ago, were named this week to take part in their fourth Olympics. The pair both played at the Sydney (2000), Beijing and London Olympics. Only Jane Sixsmith has played in more Olympic hockey events.

Helen is 34 years old and has been playing internationals since 1999. She now has now made over 280 international appearances.

The late Tom Wilson was a registered organ donor and his mother and sister take great consolation that 20 people have benefited from donations. They have set up the Tom Wilson Memorial Fund to support medical-related charities. See https://crowdfunding.just giving.com/l-wilson