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Copeland calls an end to her outstanding rowing career

 

Katherine Copeland
Katherine Copeland

By Robert Jones

London 2012 gold medallist Katherine Copeland has retired from rowing after an 11-year career.

The 28-year-old competed at two Olympics and secured gold alongside lightweight double sculls partner Sophie Hoskings at London 2012.

Copeland also claimed a European title in 2015 and has contested four World Championships, winning silver in 2015.

"To wake up and train every day, travel abroad and race internationally has been a dream come true," said Copeland.

"My favourite parts have been everything from big to small. From winning a gold medal at a home Olympics and making friends that will last me a lifetime, to the day-to-day bits I'll miss, like rowing in my single along the Tees.

"I honestly can't thank everyone enough who has helped me on my journey, I couldn't have achieved any of it on my own and I will be forever grateful."

The gold won by Copeland and Hoskings at the London Games was one of six earned by Team GB on 'Super Saturday'.

Brendan Purcell, British Rowing Director of Performance said: "Kat has been an incredible athlete and ambassador for rowing for more than a decade.

"Her drive and commitment to the sport she loves is second to none, demonstrated by the success she has been able to achieve over the years.

"Kat's big smile will be missed. We wish her all the best."

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