Hats off to Kat as champ picks up honour.
SHE learned to row on the Tees at 14, was one of the first-ever British women to win a rowing gold at an Olympic Games, and now Kat Copeland MBE has picked up an honorary degree.
The Ingleby Barwick-raised rower received an honorary doctorate as she joined 3,000 Teesside University graduates to celebrate their academic achievements.
In 2011 she won a gold medal at the U23 World Championships with a world record time before being one of the first-ever British women to win a rowing gold medal at an Olympic Games.
She has since broken the world record in the lightweight double scull, won several gold medals at the World Rowing Cup series, a silver medal at the World Championships in 2015 and represented Team GB in Rio in 2016.
A total of 11 ceremonies have taken place on the University campus during five days of academic celebrations this week, with Nas Khan OBE, Rhianna Pratchett and Dame Penelope Wilton also picking up an honour.
Professor Paul Croney, Vice-Chancellor of Teesside University, said: "Graduation is a special time of year and a fantastic celebration of the academic success of our students.
"I am delighted to be awarding honorary degrees to a group of people who have set remarkable standards in their chosen profession. I am sure their stories of hard work, dedication and achievement will help to inspire our students who are graduating throughout the week."
Kat Copeland picks up her honorary degree at Teesside University, and right with London 2012 partner Sophie Hosking after winning their gold medals JUDY HUME