Games rower Kat has Muckle connections

Katherine Copeland
Katherine Copeland

A YOUNG woman with Langholm connections is in with a big chance of a medal at the Olympic rowing events.

Katherine Copeland, 21, is the granddaughter of John and Irene Copeland, who were born and educated in Langholm, and her late great grandfather was Wull Copeland.

John played rugby for Langholm for a number of years as a lock forward and was in the championship side of 1958/59.

There are still a number of relatives in the town, including brothers Gregor and Graham Park, who are well known on the cricket front, who are Katherine’s cousins.

Katherine, along with her rowing partner Sophie Hosking, competed in the women’s lightweight double skulls last Sunday and they rowed superbly to win their heat in six minutes and 56.97 seconds, with Denmark qualifying in second with a time of 6.59.94.

Greece won the second heat from Australia in 7.03.66, and the qualifiers from the third heat were China and Germany in a time of 7. 15.57.

The rest of the countries will have to race off for the other qualifying places.

So Kat, as she is generally known, and Sophie are the fastest qualifiers for the semi-finals, which take place today at 10.30 am with the final on Saturday at 10 am.