Katherine Copeland MBE
Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 - 2016
Kat and Imogen Walsh retained their gold medal in the lightweight women's double scull at the final World Cup of the 2014 season in Lucerne. Kat remained in the lightweight women's double scull with partner Imogen Walsh at the second World Cup in Aigubelette, in an exciting race they won a gold medal ahead of GBR 2. At the 2014 European Rowing Championships in Belgrade Kat raced in the lighweight women's double scull in her return to international rowing, she won bronze with new partner Imogen Walsh. On her return to trialling Kat won the lightweight women's scull event at the 2014 GB Rowing Team Senior & U23 Trials.
Following her success in London, Kat decided to take a “gap year” from rowing and did not trial for selection for the 2013 season.
London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012
At the 2012 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials Kat came 1st in the lightweight women's single scull. Throughout the 2012 season, Kat raced in the lightweight women's double scull with Sophie Hosking. They won a silver medal at Belgrade World Cup and placed 5th and 4th in the second and third regattas in the series. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London the duo won their final by over 2 seconds to become Olympic Champions and were awarded MBEs in the 2013 New Year Honours list.
At the 2011 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials Kat took 2nd place in the lightweight women's single scull. During the 2011 Season, Kat raced in the lightweight women's single scull at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Amsterdam where she won a convincing gold medal. She then raced in the same boat class at the World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia. Comfortably winning both her heat and her semi-final, Kat progressed to the A final where she came 5th in a very close field.
Kat raced in the lightweight women's double scull at the 2010 World Rowing U23 Championships in Brest, Belarus finishing 6th.
She raced in the lightweight single at the 2009 World U23 Championships, where she narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing 4th. She also competed at the Australian Youth Olympic festival earlier that same year, where she won gold in the quad, bronze in the lightweight double and finished 4th in the eight.
Beijing 2008 Olympiad: 2005 - 2008
In 2007 and 2008 Kat competed at the Coupe de la Jeunesse. She won a gold in the women’s quad in 2007 and a gold in the women’s single in 2008.
Beyond the Boat
Kat was 14 when she first learnt to row at Yarm School which has produced a number of GB juniors in the past few years.
Outside rowing Kat enjoys watching films, socialising with friends and listening to music.
Kat is lottery funded through UK Sport