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Logica, PwC staffers compete at London 2012 Olympic Games

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London: Deloitte and Atos may have put their professional reputations on the line at the London Olympics, but some of their industry peers have something much more personal at stake — they will be lining up to compete in the games themselves.

Mohamed Samandi, Logica France: fencing.

Mohamed, 25, will represent Tunisia in the Men's Individual Foil. He joined Logica in France in 2011 through its graduate training programme.

Jenna Hansen, PwC New Zealand: sailing.

Jenna is one of 12 sailors who have been selected to represent New Zealand at the 2012 London Olympic Games. With the New Zealand firm since 2007, she is an associate in the Financial Assurance practice.

Caitriona Jennings, PwC Ireland: athletics.

Caitriona is one of three marathon runners selected to represent Ireland at London 2012. With the Irish firm since 2001, Caitriona is a senior manager in the financial services tax practice.

Iain Mackay, PwC UK: hockey.

Iain, a midfield player with 94 international caps, is at his first Olympics with the Great Britain hockey squad. He joined the UK firm in 2009 straight from university and is an associate in the referred accounting practice.

Shimpei Oikawa and Reo Fujimoto, PwC Japan: wheelchair basketball.

Shimpei is the assistant coach of Japan's national wheelchair basketball team taking part in the London Paralympic Games. His PwC colleague and fellow player — Reo Fujimoto — will join him to represent Japan at the Games.

Shimpei is living proof that when you work hard and don't give up, anything is possible. The senior associate with PwC's Japan firm battled against cancer as a teenager and lost a limb — but he didn't let this stop him achieving his dreams.

Shimpei commented,"When I was 16 years old, I developed cancer on my knee (Osteosarcoma). The cancer spread to my lungs and I was hospitalised for five years. I almost died; it was a life and death situation. Eventually, my right leg had to be amputated. That's why I got into this great sport of wheelchair basketball.

"My motivation? I will do my best as long as I live. Training for and competing in the Paralympics are ways of keeping me alive."

If you are aware of anyone else from the professional services, management and IT consulting industries competing at London 2012, please get in touch with editor@theconsultant.eu.

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