AGSM alum impresses in olympic campaign

Monday, 6 August 2012  Features

AGSM MBA alumnus, Rod Chisholm and his partner Tom Gibson dipped out on a medal but did Australia proud in the lightweight men's double skulls final at the 2012 London Olympics.

The Danish team of Mads Rasmussen and Rasmus Quist won Gold by a quarter of a length followed by Great Britain and New Zealand who took out Silver and Bronze. The race had a shaky beginning when it had to be restarted after the seat of one of the British crew came off its hinges.

Chisholm, who graduated from the MBA Class of 2006, and Gibson faced a tough run in their heat and semi-finals against rowing powerhouse teams such as Great Britain who were the current world and Olympic champions.

Chisholm and Gibson earn their place at the Olympics following a strong performance at the Olympic Qualification regatta in Lucerne in May. Originally from England, Chisholm became an Australian citizen in April 2007 which he described as one of the proudest moments of his life.

After graduating from the AGSM MBA in 2006 Chisholm secured a role at RARE Infrastructure. He was previously Head of Research at RARE and is a member of the Real Asset portfolio Investment Committee. At this time, he is on a leave from his position to meet his Olympic commitments.

In a recent media interview Rod said: "We have a strong rowing team this year across the board, in my crew, Tom Gibson and I are both fired up after we failed to reach the podium in Beijing four years ago."

Professor Chris Styles, Deputy Dean of ASB and Direc​tor of AGSM said, "Everyone associated with AGSM and the university at large is incredibly proud of Rod and his achievements. To be selected is an amazing achievement and we wish him every success for the future."

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