Storm Uru

Storm is at Oxford University completing an MBA and is using his Whai Rawa funds to help pay for it. It’s the latest chapter in his academic career and he’s using his Whai Rawa savings to help meet the costs.

Storm Uru (Ngāi Tūāhuriri)

Storm is at Oxford University completing an MBA and is using his Whai Rawa funds to help pay for it. It’s the latest chapter in his academic career and he’s using his Whai Rawa savings to help meet the costs.

Storm already has a long list of qualifications to his name, having completed a Bachelor of Business Studies (Finance), a Postgraduate Diploma in Business (Management), and a Masters in International Business. He is also close to completing his chemistry degree.

He has balanced his study by dedicating equal focus to the successful rowing career that has made him a household name in New Zealand.

Storm and his brother, Jade, grew up in Murihiku, and are longstanding members of the Waihōpai Rowing Club. Thousands of hours of training from a young age have paid off with Storm, and rowing partner Peter Taylor, winning gold at the 2009 World Rowing Championships. Among their other successes are silver and bronze medals at other world championships, and a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

Asked what his secret is, Storm says “I am motivated and determined to reach my goals. It has taken a lot of hard work and I’ve made some very difficult choices but I never dreamed I would be in the position I am now. I am enjoying every minute of it.”

While studying at Oxford is expensive, Storm had little hesitation about the move, “I believe that obtaining the highest quality education possible is critical to my professional and personal development. This will provide me with opportunities that I otherwise would not have had, and it will provide a huge new challenge. I have always dreamed about studying at one of the world’s foremost academic institutions. It will be a great investment in my future. I did manage to get a scholarship from the Woolf Fischer Trust that helped with my tuition fees.”

Once he completes his MBA, Storm plans to either work towards competing in the Rio de Janiero 2016 Olympics, or look for career opportunities in London.

Having used his Whai Rawa savings to help pay for his MBA, Storm says that once he starts working again he will continue to use Whai Rawa to save for his future, and also for his future children’s education.

Storm believes that pursuing and achieving personal dreams is all about persistence, goal setting, and not being afraid to “give it a crack”.

“Unfortunately that never happens quickly and many things take many years to achieve; you have to be persistent.”

Check out Storm’s latest rowing success.