Katherine Copeland MBE
Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 - 2016
At the 2015 GB Rowing Team Senior and U23 Trials Kat was third in the lightweight women's single scull. She and Charlotte Taylor raced in the women's double scull for the 2015 season, and won gold at the European Rowing Championships in Poznan with a dominant performance in the final. They took gold again at the World Cup event in Varese, edging ahead of New Zealand just before the line; the duo also set a new world best time in their semi final the day before. Kat and Charlotte couldn't quite match their previous form during the third World Cup in Lucerne, and finished 4th, just behind the USA. They were silver medallists in the World Championships in Aiguebelette.
Kat raced in the lightweight women's double scull with Imogen Walsh throughout the 2014 Season. The duo first came together for the European Championships in Belgrade where, on her return to International competition after a year out, Kat won a bronze medal. At the second World Cup in Aiguebelette Kat returned to winning ways and after an exciting race won gold ahead of GBR2. Kat and Imogen Walsh went on to retain their gold at the final World Cup in Lucerne. At the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam Kat and Imogen were strong medal contenders after winning their heat to qualify directly for the semi-finals. Unfortunately in their semi they lost out in a rush of four boats to the line, narrowly missing out on an A Final place. In the B Final they dominated their field, winning by clear water in a World's Best Time, albeit not for long, as this was broken again by a small margin in the A Final.
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. She was awarded a MBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list.
She enjoys cooking – “I own about 100 cookbooks” – and Kat’s ideal dinner companions would be her parents and boyfriend Alex. She went on a road trip around the southern states of the US with him last summer and is now into country music, with her favourites being Time Jumpers, Taylor Swift, Queen B and Hozier.
The trip also inspired Kat to watch Nashville, with her other current favourite TV shows being Game of Thrones and First Date. Her film picks are Australia, Up! and The Notebook – “Sorry but it really is good!”
Kat enjoys anything home-cooked made by her mum or Omar, the chef at Caversham. “He makes amazing food – my favourites of his are sticky lamb flatbreads, or a steak salad with poached pear and chilli oil.”
She owns a pug called Doug and took seven attempts to pass her driving test.
Kat is lottery funded through UK Sport.