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After finishing school I had quite solid results in maths and business. I wanted something that could get me a job, ACCA seemed like something that would complement my strengths
—Ed McKeever, ACCA student and Olympian

Accountancy student Ed McKeever will compete in the 200m kayak sprint

On Friday 10 August, ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) student Ed McKeever will take to Dorney Water, Eton, to begin his quest to win the K1 200m sprint kayak. 

For the past two years Ed has been combining his studies with competing. He has passed his fundamental papers and is now sitting the professional exams. During that time he has won the World and European Championships as well as World Cup races. 

Andrew Leck, head of ACCA UK said: 'Often we talk about how only students of dedication and determination pass our qualification and nothing demonstrates that more than Ed. He has sat and passed his exams while training, competing and beating the world’s best. The flexibility in ACCA’s qualification has allowed Ed to combine studying with competing. 

'Everyone at ACCA wishes Ed the best for next week and hope he can bring home the gold for Great Britain.'

Ed McKeever said: 'After finishing school I had quite solid results in maths and business. I wanted something that could get me a job, ACCA seemed like something that would complement my strengths.

'Some people compete in canoeing up until their late thirties. I’m not sure I fancy doing it for that long – I think I’ll be ready to sit at a desk by then. Accountancy will be a whole new challenge.'

Ed will be competing in the K1 200m kayak, the heats and semi finals are on the morning of Friday 10 August, with the final the following morning. 

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For more information, please contact:

Ray Allger, ACCA UK Newsroom
+ 44 (0)20 7059 5788
+44 (0) 7540 919 819
ray.allger@accaglobal.com

Notes to Editors

  1. Over the past two years Ed has blogged about his experience of training, competing and of course studying. See the 'Related Links' section, left of this article, for more details. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.