All 'oar' nothing

Here at PwC there is often more than meets the eye when it comes to our employees. But there is one character trait that is true for all: a desire to live and work with purpose...

Meet Pip Butt. Her love for surf boat rowing has taken her to some pretty incredible places, but nothing can top the moment her team took out the Gold at the World Championships in Holland! And that’s not all...

Pip got into surf boat rowing through a friend. She had done some rowing at school which helped, but she was not at all prepared for the waves and soon realised she had a lot to learn.

All oar nothing

"You need to have a lot of trust in your team members, as well as confidence in your ability to swim back to shore if needed."

“You need to have a lot of trust in your team members, as well as confidence in your ability to swim back to shore if needed,” says Pip. “A team of four must row a 200kg, 7m long boat out beyond the breakers then 400m out to sea, around a buoy and back again - it can be particularly dangerous if the conditions are rough!”

Back in 2012, Pip did a three month secondment to PwC London and conveniently the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Flotilla Pageant was happening on the Thames when she was there. Through her network and involvement as a surf lifesaver, she had the opportunity to row in this event and even got to chat with Prince William, Princess Kate and Prince Harry!

“The Royal Family were cheering for us very loudly as we were one of a few Australian teams. We also got a wave from the Queen which was pretty cool.”

For the 100 year commemoration of Gallipoli, Pip’s surf boat team also participated in an 80km row around the shores where troops landed. Pip says that this was an experience she’ll never forget.

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Flotilla Pageant

"Our whole team had ancestors who fought at Gallipoli so it was very moving and so sad to see the challenging terrain people faced when they landed."

Pip has also found a way to combine her sporting and professional skills to serve the not-for-profit sector and make a difference in the community. Currently, she sits on the Board for Surf Life Saving New South Wales as the Finance Director which she says has been a really rewarding experience.

“As the youngest board member I get to bring insight into the expectations of younger lifesavers and offer advice on some of the ways we can improve gender diversity in leadership roles.”

Pip Butt has been with PwC for nine years and currently works as Assurance Innovation Leader. 

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