42 Technology’s Tom Copeland was lauded for his dedication and management skills last weekend, when he was highly commended at the annual British Rowing ‘Coach of the Year’ awards.
“Over the past 18 months I’ve been lucky enough to coach some great crews to a few wins but also more than a dozen second places – so almost winning this award seems particularly apt” commented Copeland wryly with typical self-deprecation.
Tom works with junior, senior and disabled athletes at the Cantabrigian Rowing Club in Cambridge. In the last two years Tom has had crews selected for England three times, has won at the World Masters Championships, Henley Women’s Regatta and the Ghent International Regatta. His crews have also taken medals at National Junior Championships, the National Schools Championships, the British Indoor Rowing Championships and Belgian International Championships.
The judging panel remarked upon Tom’s attention to detail, thirst for knowledge and desire to see every athlete reach their potential. The panel said “Tom is praised by those he coaches for imparting the same quality of coaching they have experienced when working with their National Squads”
Clare Hall, another 42T engineer and previously a beneficiary of Tom’s coaching said “Tom is an excellent coach, with an incredible eye for detail and depth of knowledge. He has put a great deal of time and effort into the club, for which we are very grateful.”
Despite the lack of an outright victory 42 Technology is hugely proud of him. It’s fantastic when busy people can give so much of their personal time to help the people they work with be the best that they can be.