In a exclusive interview with The Times, Sarah Shephard talks to both Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh about coming out and their same-sex marriage.
When nine million people in Britain ditch their usual Friday night television to watch a hockey match, you know something unusual is happening. It’s almost 12 months since Great Britain’s women’s team won a historic first Olympic gold medal. It was a fiercely dramatic match that would end up being one of the highlights of the Rio Games.
Bedlam broke out following the tense penalty shootout against the Netherlands. Many of the nine million viewers might have assumed that the double-barrelled duo celebrating on the pitch – captain Kate Richardson-Walsh and midfielder Helen Richardson-Walsh – were sisters. It’s an assumption that the couple, who have been together for nine years and married since September 2013, are used to dealing with.
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