The Best Female Role Models At Rio

​Everything you need to know about the GB Hockey Team before their first ever Olympic Final

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We're all basking in fitspo right now thanks to the Rio Olympics. 

But there's one team that's really inspiring us; not just with their commitment to fitness but their attitude to life both on and off the field.

After winning Bronze at the London Games, the women's GB Hockey team are through to their first ever final (their match against World No.1 The Netherlands will be on at 9pm tonight).

Led by captain Kate Richardson-Walsh, 36, who has been on the national side for seventeen years and is married to teammate Helen Richardson-Walsh (yes, the whole team did go to the reception), the GB team are strong and realistic role models.

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'It's our job to be a role model. To be 100% on it. If I inspire one girl to go out and, whatever it is, she goes for her dream, then I'll feel that this was all worth it,' Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE has said in an Investec Sport #OurJourney video. 

There's no doubt that defender Kate is made of tough stuff. 

She famously broke her jaw mid-game during the London Olympics but went on to lead the team to Bronze in the semi-final.

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And where Kate goes, her team follow. 

Defender Crista Cullen, 30, who came out of retirement in 2015 to be part of Rio, was hailed as 'an absolute warrior' during the semi-final against New Zealand.

After suffering a blow to the head, which drew blood,  she was taken off the field only to come back on (having had stitches on the sideline) and help the team go on to steal a 3-0 victory.

'I've got a few stitches, but I've no idea how many. I was just telling him [the medic] to hurry up because my team needed me,' she said after the match.

Crista wasn't the only one to show serious resilience. 

Teammate Georgie Twigg was hit in the face by a ball bouncing off a New Zealand player's stick. 

But it didn't take long before she was back on the field after receiving treatment.

Crista Cullen received a serious blow to the head during the Rio semi-final
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The team are all extremely high achievers, many with university degrees. 

Dr Hannah Macleod, who has a PhD in Exercise Psychology, made headlines after the London Games when her Bronze medal was stolen from a jacket pocket in a nightclub. 

It was later posted back to the England Hockey HQ. 

While goalkeeper Maddie Hinch, 27, known as 'Mad Dog', is one of the best keepers in the world.

She got into hockey after a PE teacher suggested she tried goalkeeping because she threw herself around too much on the rounders pitch.

Last year Maddie won the Sky Sportswoman of the Month, beating Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill. 

Maddie Hinch, Team GB's goalkeeper

'When I saw I was up against Jessica Ennis-Hill, I thought "wow" that is some company to be in,' she said at the time.

For captain Kate, the sport has given her an identity:  'Hockey has given me confidence. It's given me a space in the world where I feel comfortable and where I belong. This is me. This is who I am.'  

They're playing the field the way it should be played. 

And we wish them the best of luck in tonight's final.  

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