Olympic star pays a visit

PUBLISHED: 21:00 14 December 2012

Helen Richardson Olympic GB hockey player with PE staff and pupils.

Helen Richardson Olympic GB hockey player with PE staff and pupils.

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OLYMPIC hockey player Helen Richardson was invited to open a brand new £200,000 astro turf pitch.

Pupils and staff attended the ceremony at Worle Community School, before Helen took part in a workshop with student hockey players, helping them to improve their techniques and learn new ones.

The Great Britain bronze medal winner and her family have very strong connections with Worle.

Although she was brought up over in the east of the country, Helen started her life in Weston.

Her sister Gabbie Richardson is a former pupil and another excellent athlete and role model.

Bernie, their father, is also involved with the school in Redwing Drive, working with community arts director Jane Dickson on various projects.

Head of PE Mandy Smith said “It was an absolute thrill having such a superstar here.

“Helen has represented her country for years now and plays her hockey at Reading Hockey Club.

“She has been chosen to represent her country in three Olympics and is still considered to be at the top of her game.

“She was very friendly, down to earth and very professional and was an outstanding role model for the girls who thoroughly enjoyed training with her on the new surface.”

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