Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Tees turns Gold for Kat

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Stockton Council has turned the River Tees, where Olympic Champion Kat Copeland trains, gold to celebrate her historic rowing win today. 

Kat, raised in Ingleby Barwick in Stockton Borough, won the women's lightweight double sculls today with partner Sophie Hosking at the Olympic rowing lake at Eton Dorney.

She is the first female North East Olympic Champion and only the second of all from the region after triple jumper Jonathan Edwards in 2000.

The Council commissioned the spectacular lighting of the River Tees, which changes colours every few seconds, as part of its £38 million town centre regeneration and only switched them on this Thursday.

But it has changed the multi-coloured lighting system to show the red, white and blue of Team GB along with the Olympic Gold colour to light up the river on which Kat Copeland does much of her training. Stockton Riverside gold lights

Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, Councillor Lynne Apedaile, said: "The Borough of Stockton and the whole of the North East - in fact the whole country - will be proud of Kat and her achievements.

"We are all elated at the success of her and Sophie and there will be a very special welcome when she returns home.

"Kat Copeland has been elevated to the very highest echelon of the region's sportsmen and women for what she has achieved today.

"I'm sure she will now inspire the next generation in the area to try a new sport. With the fantastic amenity of the River Tees on our doorsteps, the opportunity is there for everyone to try and succeed in something new."

Pictures courtesy of Martyn Jones