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Rower // Lightweight Men's Squad Date of Birth: 30th Jan 1993 (29 years old)
Club: Oxford Brookes University BC Height: 181.00 Hometown: Oxford
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Jamie Copus is looking to firmly establish in the GB Rowing Team lightweight men’s squad during the Tokyo 2020 Olympiad after racing at three successive World Championships.
Copus has represented his country at every age level, winning medals at both the World Junior and U23 Championships.
In 2017, Copus competed in two World Cup regattas in the quadruple scull and lightweight double scull, as well as in the lightweight double at the World Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton, where he and Sam Mottram finished 10th.
Jamie has represented his country at every age level and made his senior bow at the 2015 World Championships
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World U23 Silver Medallist Lightweight Men's Quadruple Scull
World U23 Silver Medallist Lightweight Men's Four
World Junior Silver Medallist Men's Eight
The 2016 season saw Jamie named alongside Charles Waite-Roberts, Jamie Kirkwood and Zak Lee-Green in the lightweight men’s quadruple scull for the World Championships in Rotterdam. Against a high-quality field, the GB quartet produced a fine performance to progress through a hard-fought repechage before finishing sixth overall.
Jamie had received his first selection for the senior GB Rowing Team when he was named in the lightweight men’s quadruple scull for the 2015 World Championships in Aiguebelette, finishing fourth alongside Lee-Green, Steven Parsonage and Sam Mottram.
That call-up came on the back of winning silver medals in different boat classes at successive World U23 Championships. First of all, he teamed up with Iain Mandale, Tim Richards and Joel Cassells to finish runners-up to Spain in the lightweight men’s four at the 2014 Championships in Varese.
Jamie and Joel were then joined by Steven and Sam in the lightweight men’s quad for the 2015 Championships in Plovdiv and took silver behind France.
Jamie had first competed at the World U23 Championships in Linz, Austria in 2013 where he was tenth in the lightweight men’s double scull with Stuart Sykes.
He also represented Britain in three events at the 2013 Australia Youth Olympics Festival, winning a medal of each colour – gold in the lightweight men’s double, silver in the men’s quad and bronze in the men’s eight.
Jamie’s GB Rowing Team debut came in the 2010 Coupe de la Jeunesse at Hazewinkel, Belgium where he was part of the men’s four which won two gold medals.
He then competed in the 2011 World Junior Championships at Eton Dorney, a test event for the London 2012 Olympic Games, and was part of the men’s eight that won a silver medal. He had a similar result with the eight at the Munich Junior Regatta that year.
Club: Oxford Brookes University BC
Boat: Lightweight Men’s Squad
Coaches: Hamish Burrell, Henry Bailhache-Webb
Learnt to Row: Marlow RC, Abingdon School
Original Club(s): Marlow RC, Henley RC, Abingdon School BC
Original Coach(es): Athol Hundermark, Peter Haining
Jamie is studying Environmental Science at Oxford Brookes University. He enjoys all sports – he is a Wycombe Wanderers supporter – as well as electronic music and coffee.
Jamie is Lottery funded through UK Sport.
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