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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

Olympic champion Kat returns to the Tees on Wednesday

Monday, August 13, 2012


Issued on behalf of Tees Rowing Club

Olympic rowing champion Kat Copeland, who grew up in Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees, and does much of her training on the River Tees from Stockton, is set for a golden homecoming on Wednesday (15 August).

Tees Rowing Club, of which Kat is a member, is organising a 'welcome back' event and is urging local people to come and hail the area's gold medal hero.

With her rowing partner Sophie Hosking, Kat won the women's lightweight double sculls at the Olympic rowing lake at Eton Dorney on 4 August.

She will return to the clubhouse, based at the River Tees Watersports Centre in Dugdale Street, Stockton (between the Princess of Wales and Infinity bridges), shortly before 6.30pm, making an appearance – with her gold medal – on the balcony overlooking the riverbank.

Tees Rowing Club Chairman John Green will join the Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, Councillor Lynne Apedaile, to congratulate Kat and welcome her back to the club.

John Green said: "So many people have said they would like to give Kat a welcome home. So, after talking to Kat and her family, we are delighted to organise this event to give them a chance to see Kat and her medal.

"Everyone at the club is so proud of what she has achieved for herself, the club and the whole area. It proves to the world just how good the facilities we have on the Tees in Stockton are and we will be working with Stockton Council to ensure there is a lasting legacy to inspire others by her success.

"Now we'd like local people to come along and cheer her success, which we all hope will be the first of many."

Spectators are advised to arrive early for the best view.