Lesbian Olympic Teammates Plan to Marry

Lesbian Olympic Teammates Plan to Marry

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Kate Walsh (left) and Helen Richardson show off their bronze medals at Broxbourne.
Kate Walsh (left) and Helen Richardson show off their bronze medals at Broxbourne.

Kate Walsh and Helen Richardson placed third in the London 2012 Olympics. Now, with a five-year relationship under their belt, the two British Olympians are set to enter into a civil partnership on September 14, 2013.

Walsh, captain, and Richardson, a midfielder, became engaged in January and plan to have their ceremony in Henley-on-Thames, near where they live.

Though the entire hockey training squad is invited to the wedding, Walsh is hoping to avoid the “cheesy” guard of honor with hockey sticks.

“You can guarantee that some of those girls will bring their hockey sticks though,” Walsh said.

The couple said they don’t play like a couple on the ice.

“We put our hockey heads on when we’re at hockey and then when we get away we’re Helen and Kate, the couple,” Walsh said.

The couple will be entering into a civil partnership because same-sex marriages aren’t official yet in the UK. The first same-sex weddings are expected next summer.

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