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Accountancy's Olympians

With just days to go, we're finally giving in to the Olympic hype. Blame the ICAEW president, Mark Spofforth, whose daughter Gemma is a GB medal hope in the backstroke.

Not quite as prominent, but still on the fringes of the GB synchronised swimming squad is CIOT tax policy director John Whiting's daughter (not sure, but we think this is her).

Our colleagues in the US on GoingConcern.com are already 'a flutter about the chances of Milwaukee-based Ernst & Young tax accountant Gwen Jorgensen in the women's triathlon. But spare a thought for Alisha Williams, who missed selection after 60-hour weeks preparing tax returns interfered with her training for long-distance running events.

Can you help us track down any other competitors with links to the profession? When the wall-to-wall TV coverage starts rolling, it'll give us a little something extra to cheer.


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23rd Jul 2012 19:15

I seem to remember reading on ACCA's AB an article on a chap who was studing ACCA while he was preparing for Olympics. I can't remeber the exact date, may over a year ago. He may have been qualified by now. I think he lives in Scotland

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24th Jul 2012 11:23

Ed McKeever - a big chance in the kayak

With your help, Cantona1, we tracked down Ed McKeever, a European champion in the 200m K1 kayak event and a serious GB medal hope for London 2012. As a Bristol-based organisation, we're a bit embarrassed that we overlooked his career until now as he started his canoeing career in nearby Bradford-on-Avon. He explains on his new website that he has fitted his accountancy studies around his kayak training and and will shortly qualify as an ACCA accountant. 

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24th Jul 2012 11:49

Away from the arenas…

Neil Wood is the CFO of LOCOG (the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games). He is a partner at Deloitte and a fellow of the ICAEW. He was awarded an MBE in the 2006 New Year's Honours list for his services to the London 2012 bid.

Deloitte is a partner in the Olympics and have had a number of staff seconded over the last few years working on the games. Our friends on Accountancy Age highlighted the role Deloitte financial planning consultant Sarah Griffiths ACMA has been playing behind the scenes at LOCOG, where she has been seconded for the past two years.

Linguist Katerina Joannou, also a manager of capital markets policy at the ICAEW, will be welcoming visitors at Heathrow.

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24th Jul 2012 13:59


I am gald to help despite my fading memory.

Yes, I now remeber the chap. He talked about his 5-6 days intensive weelky training while at the same styding and working. He also saw his girl friend only once in a week.

Let's wish him success. If he comes with a medal, it will boost the image of the acconting profession.

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