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Weekly Women’s Sports News – February 22

February 22, 2016
Kate Richardson-Walsh

There were medals for our junior athletes at the Youth Winter Olympics, the diving team secured places for Rio and Englands women beat South Africa in the T20 series. Elsewhere Kate Richardson-Walsh made history by becoming the most capped female player ever.

Hockey: Richardson-Walsh becomes most capped female player
What were you doing back in 1999? England and Great Britain captain Kate Richardson-Walsh was making her international debut. Few could have known back then the impact she would go on to have on British hockey. Milestone after milestone has been surpassed by Richardson-Walsh and now, one of the most recognisable and inspirational players this country has ever seen is the most capped female hockey player in Great Britain’s history. Full story via England Hockey

Diving: British divers secure places for Rio
At this weeks World Cup, Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch attained synchronised 10m platform Olympic qualification with bronze on Friday. Rebecca Gallantree and Alicia Blagg finished sixth to earn a place in the women’s synchronised 3m springboard and Georgia Ward secured an individual 10m platform berth by reaching Sunday’s semi-finals. Full story via the BBC

Youth Winter Olympics:More records for TeamGB
Ashleigh Pittaway, Madi Rowlands and Kelsea Purchall lit up Team GB’s Youth Olympic Games after winning gold and bronzes at Lillehammer 2016.

Pittaway began the medal action in the women’s skeleton , finishing almost a whole second clear of the field after her two runs, before Rowlands secured bronze in the ski slopestyle to take Team GB’s medal tally at the Games to three. Later Kelsea Purchall took bronze in the women’s monobob event.

Rowlands’ medal follows up her success in the halfpipe event earlier in the Games when her gold medal was the first ever won by a Team GB athlete on snow in the history of the Olympic and Youth Olympic Games. Full story via TeamGB

Cricket: England women v South Africa – Tourists win T20 series 2-1
England women added the Twenty20 series to their one-day success over South Africa by winning the deciding match in Johannesburg by four wickets. Full story via the BBC

Skeleton: Laura Deas settles for 11th place in Austria
Laura Deas finished 11th in the women’s skeleton at the World Championships in Austria. The Welsh racer, ranked fourth in the world, was aiming to push towards the podium places after ending day one in 11th spot but she failed to improve her overnight position and finished outside the top 10 by five hundredths of a second. Full story via BTSport

Judo: Natalie Powell misses out on Dusseldorf bronze
British judoka Natalie Powell missed out on the -78kg bronze medal on the final day of the Dusseldorf Grand Prix. Powell lost out to Anamari Velensek in the bronze medal play-off, with the Slovenian winning by ippon. Full story via BBC

Hockey: Great Britain downed by Australia in final test
A late charge from Great Britain was not quite enough to prevent Danny Kerry’s side going down to a 3-2 defeat in the final test of the series against Australia. Trailing 3-0 going into the final quarter GB scored twice through Sophie Bray and Joie Leigh but they were unable to complete a stunning comeback as the clock ran out. Australia’s goals came from Georgina Morgan, Emily Smith and Grace Stewart and with the win the hosts took the six match series 2-1. Full story via England Hockey

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