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The Olympics arrived early in Winchester on Friday 23rd March when 300 Chartered Accountants and business leaders attended SOSCA’s black tie annual dinner in the Winchester Guildhall, sponsored by Barclay Meade. Olympic silver medallist Roger Black MBE reflected on his achievements and looked forward to this year’s games whilst Mark Spofforth, ICAEW’s Deputy President, spoke of his passion and connection to the Olympics.
Roger Black MBE delivered an inspiring speech at the dinner, giving a first-hand account of his experiences including winning the silver medal at the Olympics in 1996. Roger is one of the country’s most successful sportsmen having represented Great Britain for 14 years at the highest level in the world of athletics. He is particularly admired for his triumphs over adversity, overcoming serious injuries and a rare heart valve condition to go on to become a world champion.
Mark Spofforth, ICAEW’s Deputy President, spoke of his passion and connection to the Olympics and likened the world of sport to the world of business. He said: “My daughter Gemma is an Olympic swimmer so 2012 is a big year for us. Many of the skills needed to succeed in sport and in business are similar. You need to have the business idea or talent to start with. Then you need the determination, hard work and the ability to network and work in a team.
Mark also stressed how important it was to have a good support team, both in sport and business: “In sport you need a coach or adviser in whom you can put great trust. In the case of business, having the right advice is essential."
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