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Rowing forward


Four Olympic rowers who are current Cambridge MBA students share their thoughts with Jordan Cracknell, an MBA graduate of Cambridge Judge Business School who is married to double Olympic champion James Cracknell.

Close up of a men's quadruple skulls rowing team, seconds after the start of their race.

Cambridge Judge Business School has welcomed students to its various programmes with impressive backstories in areas ranging from the arts to finance to sports – and rowing has featured prominently among our sporting business students.

Jordan Cracknell, an MBA graduate of Cambridge Judge (MBA 2018) who is married to double Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell of the UK (Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004), offered her personal insight on four current Cambridge MBA students at the School who are former Olympic rowers. They in turn offered their insight, including how they intend to pivot their career with an MBA and bring leadership lessons from their sporting endeavours with them along the way.

“Olympians are few and far between, least of all at business schools, although that is changing as the years go by as more elite athletes consider business education as an option after a global sporting career,” she writes.

The four Olympic rowing MBA students (all MBA 2021) who spoke to Jordan are: Ruby Tew of New Zealand (Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020); Simon Schürch of Switzerland (London 2012 and Rio 2016); Ollie Wynne-Griffith of the UK (Tokyo 2020); and James Hunter of New Zealand (Rio 2016).

All four Olympians have been training for the 3 April Boat Races pitting the University of Cambridge against the University of Oxford.

“They know they have to be at their most efficient in order to juggle both the MBA programme requirements, as well as the ongoing training commitments,” says Jordan. “All of us at Cambridge Judge are looking forward to seeing where their MBA takes their career, as well as seeing them compete in the 76th Women’s and the 167th Men’s Boat Races on 3 April 2022.”

To read more on Jordan Cracknell’s insight into the four MBA students, and their reflections on their MBA experience so far, read a longer article on the Cambridge Judge website.