Born Dull?! salutes accountancy’s Olympians

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Team Dull!? has put aside the remote long enough to compile a datasheet on the profession’s representatives at London 2012.

When it can be roused, AccountingWEB’s Born Dull?! team likes to think of itself as immune to hype and bandwagon-jumping. But this week, we’ll make an exception - it’s the Olympics, after all. And in case you haven’t noticed, they’re in London - almost on our back door!!!

Perhaps to emphasise that it leads the profession in more than one way, PwC published a list of five staff members taking part in London this year, while KPMG and Ernst & Young appear to have one representative each. Around all these Big Four jocks, Deloitte appears a bit like the class geek - but its people are in charge of the spreadsheets and purse strings at the HQ of Locog, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

No search engine has been left untouched as we scoured the internet for snippets of information to enhance your viewing pleasure over the next few weeks. Log in to to  Find out which of these contenders won gold and how the profession's other Olympic representatives fared:

  • Ed McKeever (GB), Kayak 200m K1
  • Iain Mackay (GB), Hockey.
  • Gemma Spofforth (GB), Backstroke
  • Gwen Jorgensen (USA), Triathon
  • Jenna Hansen (New Zealand), Sailing
  • Caitriona Jennings (Ireland), Marathon
  • André Vonarburg (Switzerland), Rowing - Men’s quadruple sculls
  • Yaritza Abel Rojas (Cuba), Judo
  • Shimpei Oikawa and Reo Fujimoto (Japan), Wheelchair basketball.
  • Brodie Buckland (Australia), Rowing

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31st Jul 2012 15:11

Spofforth comes 5th in 100m backstroke

Gemma Spofforth, the daughter of ICAEW president Mark Spofforth, came fifth last night in the 100m backstroke at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Take a look at the Spofforths Chartered Accountants blog, which says: “She is a true inspiration overcoming so much heart break over the past eighteen months.”

After finishing the race Gemma said: "I've always said it's the journey and not the destination. I am disappointed but everything happens for a reason and I am just really enjoying my swimming right now.

"I have been rock-bottom but it's great to be back enjoying life again and have my passion back for life and swimming. Training with Ryan [Lochte] and working with Olympians is what really inspires me and I work with children back at home and want to inspire them."

Speaking ahead of Gemma's final with the BBC, Mark Spofforth said: "I think it's been more a mental comeback than a physical one. When her mum died before the last Olympics it gave her a reason to carry on but when the grief subsided she needed another reason and she found her focus again.

"I think she might carry on for the Commonwealth games, she said she won't think about it until after this. She will have a break and then make a decision, it's been a long time. It was 12 years ago that David Wilkie showed her his gold medal and she was inspired."

Many congratulations to Gemma!

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By Locutus
10th Aug 2012 23:04

Good luck Ed McKeever
Congratulations at breaking the world record in the qualifiers! Good luck for the finals on Saturday. A great chance of being Team GB's next gold. Whatever happens you've done us accountants proud!

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