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McCaw & Ulmer Team Up With Pricewaterhouse

McCaw & Ulmer Team Up With PricewaterhouseCoopers Sports Star Sponsorships Announced

PricewaterhouseCoopers announced today that star rugby flanker Richie McCaw and champion cyclist Sarah Ulmer have teamed up with the professional services firm.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Chief Executive Warwick Hunt said it was fantastic to support two of New Zealand’s most admired athletes. “As a firm our values include strong leadership qualities, an emphasis on teamwork and a commitment to excellence. If you’re looking for sportspeople who embody such values, then Richie and Sarah are both obvious choices.”

Warwick Hunt said the move to support individual athletes was a first for PricewaterhouseCoopers in New Zealand. “It’s the start of what we hope will be a very successful relationship with these two athletes, and we hope to extend the programme in the next year.”

Richie McCaw said he was looking forward to working with the firm. “It’s always great to have sponsorship support off the field, particularly from such a well-known organisation like PricewaterhouseCoopers.”

Sarah Ulmer said she was excited to be working with the firm in an official capacity. “I’ve spoken at some of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ events over the past year or two, so I already know a lot of the people who Richie and I will be working with.”

PricewaterhouseCoopers has six offices throughout New Zealand in Auckland, Wellington, Napier, New Plymouth, Christchurch and Dunedin. Both athletes will be involved in a range of events and presentations across the country.

Sarah and Richie will also be providing updates on their busy schedules as they build toward the Commonwealth Games and the 2006 rugby season respectively. The first of these updates will be on the PricewaterhouseCoopers website later today at: www.pwc.com/nz/athletes.

About Sarah Ulmer: Cambridge-based Sarah Ulmer is a world-class cyclist, and is the reigning World and Olympic champion in the 3000m individual pursuit track cycling event. She has won back-to-back gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, and is also the Commonwealth Games record-holder. In 2005 she was named New Zealand Sportsperson of the Year. Sarah turns 30 in March, and her cycling focus has now shifted away from the track to the road. She will be enjoying the challenge of a different event at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and the World Championships later in the year.

About Richie McCaw: International rugby player Richie McCaw is recognised as one of the best players in the world in his preferred position of open-side flanker. He has scored 6 tries in his 36 Test matches, after making his international debut in Dublin in November 2001. The 25-year old (born on New Year's Eve) has captained his country in two Test matches, including the 45-7 win over Ireland in the 2005 northern hemisphere tour. He lives in Christchurch but was born in North Otago.

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