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North-East Olympic champion makes winning return to action
OLYMPIC gold medallist Kat Copeland made a successful return to competitive rowing as she helped a predominantly North-Eastern crew claim the quadruple sculls title at the British Championships this weekend.
Copeland, who spent a year away from the sport in the wake of her Olympic success, teamed up with fellow Tees RC members Tina Stiller and Beth Bryan and Rochdale's Jess Leyden to claim the British crown in Nottingham.
The victory broke the dominance of the Leander club, who won the three other gold medals on offer on Sunday afternoon.
The composite quad containing Copeland, Stiller and Bryan were dominant as they qualified from their semi-final, and while a Wallingford RC quad containing world finalist Kathryn Twyman provided competition, the outcome of the final was never really in doubt.
“It has been great to come here, and exciting to win,” said Stiller, who is from Yarm. “I've really enjoyed rowing for my club, and it's good for northern rowing to win here.”
Richmond's Zoe Lee was part of a composite eight containing rowers from a number of clubs that finished second to Leander.
On Saturday, Copeland and Stiller joined forces to finish fourth in a double sculls final that was won by World Championship finalists Vicky Meyer Lake and Frances Houghton.
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