ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) student Ed McKeever won gold in the K1 200m kayak sprint at Eton Dorney on 11 August.
Ed dominated his heats, semi-finals and ultimately the final to help Team GB to its best Olympic performance in more than 100 years.
Andrew Leck, head of ACCA UK said: 'I would like to congratulate Ed on his victory on behalf of everyone at ACCA. The Olympics has captured the imagination of the country, and Ed is certainly a role model that can inspire young people with the determination and commitment to be able to combine his studies with training and competing on the world stage.
'The flexibility of ACCA’s qualification has allowed Ed to continue his studies while training and competing. He is a credit to ACCA and I am sure he will be a highly successful accountant.'
Ed has completed the fundamental papers and has four exams left to complete the qualification. For the past three years Ed has been blogging about combining studying and competing, visit the 'ACCA Blog' page, which can be accessed via the 'Related Links' section, left of this article, for more information.
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Notes to Editors
- ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.
- We support our 154,000 members and 432,000 students in 170 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. We work through a network of over 80 offices and centres and more than 8,400 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through our public interest remit, we promote appropriate regulation of accounting and conduct relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.
- Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. We believe that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development and seek to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards. Our values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and we ensure that through our qualifications, we prepare accountants for business. We seek to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers, innovating our qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers.