Katherine Copeland MBE

Rower // Lightweight Women's Squad
Date of Birth: 1st Dec 1990 (25 years old)
Club: Tees Rowing Club
Height: 172.00
Hometown: Ingleby Barwick Stockton-on-Tees

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Kat Copeland had only been in the senior GB Rowing Team squad for two seasons when she and Sophie Hosking won their historical medal, the first Olympic title ever for the GB lightweight women’s squad.

The look of wide-eyed disbelief on Kat’s face after winning Olympic lightweight women’s double scull gold was one of the most memorable images of London 2012.

A product of the GB Rowing Team Start Programme, the ground-breaking talent identification and development initiative supported by National Lottery funding, Kat is aiming to defend her Olympic crown at the Rio 2016 Games.

Kat Copeland had only been in the senior GB Rowing Team squad for two seasons when she and Sophie Hosking won their historical medal, the first Olympic title ever for the GB lightweight women’s squad

On The Water

2015

World Silver Medallist - Lightweight Women's Double

European Champion - Lightweight Women's Double

2014

European Bronze Medallist - Lightweight Women's Double

2012

Olympic Champion - Lightweight Women's Double

2011

World U23 Champion - Lightweight Women's Single

 

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016

After finishing runner-up at the GB Rowing Team Trials, Kat was once again selected in the lightweight women’s double scull along with Charlotte Taylor for the 2016 season. They were not at their best at the European Championships in Brandenburg and had to settle for seventh place overall. They then missed the World Cups in Lucerne and Poznan but will be looking to finish the season on a high at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Kat and Charlotte went into the Olympic year on the back of an encouraging 2015, which saw them crowned as European Champions and win silver at the World Championships.

The new lightweight women’s double scull partnership got off to a flying start as they produced a dominant performance to win gold at the European Championships in Poznan, Poland.

They followed that up by setting a new world’s best time in the semi-finals at the Varese World Cup, then pipped New Zealand on the line in a thrilling final the following day.

After a fourth-place finish in Lucerne, Kat and Charlotte were back in good form at the World Championships in Aiguebelette and gave the defending champions from New Zealand a major scare with another late surge.  They eventually had to settle for silver, just half a length down.

Kat took a year out from rowing after her London 2012 success and returned to the squad in 2014, partnering Imogen Walsh.  After starting the season with European Championships bronze, they won World Cup gold in Aiguebelette and Lucerne.

However, there was disappointment at the World Championships in Amsterdam as Kat and Imogen lost out in a rush of four boats to the line in their semi-final.  They responded by winning the B final in a world’s best time!

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012

Kat’s historic gold medal at London 2012 was the culmination of a rapid rise through the GB Rowing Team ranks.

A graduate of the Tees GB Rowing Team Start Programme, she first represented her country at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in 2007 and won gold with the women’s quad.  She returned the following year and claimed the women’s single title.

Kat, who won gold in the quad and bronze in the lightweight double at the 2009 Australian Youth Olympic festival, competed at three successive World U23 Championships.

She narrowly missed out on a lightweight women’s single medal in 2009 and was then sixth in the lightweight women’s double the following year before returning to the single to claim a convincing victory in 2011.

Kat rowed in the same boat class at the senior World Championships later that year and progressed to the A final, finishing fifth.

After placing first in the lightweight women’s single scull at the 2012 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials, Kat was selected for the Olympic-class double scull with Sophie Hosking.  After a silver medal in Belgrade, they finished fifth and fourth in the next two World Cups to go into the London Games as medal contenders.  On what became known as Super Saturday, Kat and Sophie finished two seconds clear of the field to claim Olympic gold – one of six won by Team GB that day.  Both Kat and Sophie were awarded MBEs in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list.

GB Competitive Record

Olympic Games
London 2012 LW2x
Olympic Games:
London 2012
LW2x
World Rowing Championships
2015 LW2x
2014 7th LW2x
2011 5th LW1x
World Rowing Championships:
2015
LW2x
World Rowing Championships:
2014
7th
LW2x
World Rowing Championships:
2011
5th
LW1x
European Rowing Championships
2016 8th LW2x
2015 LW2x
2014 LW2x
European Rowing Championships:
2016
8th
LW2x
European Rowing Championships:
2015
LW2x
European Rowing Championships:
2014
LW2x
World Rowing Cup Regattas
2015 Lucerne 4th LW2x
2015 Varese LW2x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Lucerne
4th
LW2x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Varese
LW2x
World Rowing U23 Championships
2011 LW1x
2010 6th LW2x
2009 4th LW1x
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2011
LW1x
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2010
6th
LW2x
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2009
4th
LW1x
Coupe de la Jeunesse
2008 W1x
2207 W4x
Coupe de la Jeunesse:
2008
W1x
Coupe de la Jeunesse:
2207
W4x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2016 2nd LW1x
2015 3rd LW1x
2014 1st LW1x
2012 1st LW1x
2011 2nd LW1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2016
2nd
LW1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2015
3rd
LW1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2014
1st
LW1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2012
1st
LW1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2011
2nd
LW1x

 

More info...

Club: Tees Rowing Club
Boat: Lightweight Women’s Squad
Role: Rower
Coaches: Paul Reedy

Learnt to Row: Yarm School Boat Club
Original Club(s): Yarm School Boat Club
Original Coach(es): Andy Clark, James Harris

 

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 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 in 2014 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 is lottery funded through UK Sport.

Personal information

Place of Birth Current Address Home Town Region(s)
Ashington Henley-on-Thames Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees Teesside
Place of Birth:
Ashington
Current Address:
Henley-on-Thames
Home Town:
Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees
Region(s):
Teesside
Date of Birth Weight Height
1st December 1990 59kg 172cm
Date of Birth:
1st December 1990
Weight:
59kg
Height:
172cm
Education
Yarm School
Education:
Yarm School