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Kathy Copeland named Mammoth Times 2014 Person of the Year

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Kathy Copeland. Image credit: Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra

On Thursday, Kathy Copeland was named Mammoth Times 2014 Person of the Year. According to the Mammoth Times, Copeland was everywhere in 2014, working everywhere with veterans and people with disabilities to promote their involvement in sport and society.



The newspaper quoted Mono County Supervisor Larry Johnston as saying of the choice, “I am very pleased to learn of Kathy’s Person of the Year achievement — what a terrific choice. […] She undoubtedly is one of the best citizen advocates and leaders with regard to expanding opportunities for disabled persons here in the Eastern Sierra, and perhaps in all of California. Moreover, her enthusiasm, sense of humor, and spirit really cannot be matched. I whole-heartedly congratulate her on being Mammoth’s Person of the Year.”


This past year, she has been active with trying to create the National Wounded Warriors Center on lands donated by the Mammoth Lakes Foundation. Serving as the organization’s first executive director, she handled zoning issues and worked on the conceptual design.  Copeland is also hard at work on the fundraising front for the new organization. She also organized numerous events through Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra.


Copeland was one of the driving forces in creating the Mammoth Adaptive Sports School inside the  Mammoth Sports School.  She was a key founder and driver of Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra,  which was originally named the Mammoth Adaptive Sports Foundation.


Copeland moved to Mammoth, California in 1971 after having been born and spending her formative years in Vermont.  Picking up skiing in Vermont, she continued the sport in California and worked on Mammoth Mountain for many years, becoming a certified by Professional Ski Instructors of America; Alpine Level III, Adaptive Level II and Snowboard Level II.


Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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