Once again IE’s MBA students have come back from Paris exhausted but happy with their excellent performance. This year the host school decided to change the overall point system that used to give advantage to big delegations. Schools with less than 125 sports participants now participate in a “small schools ranking” on a separate basis.
The old system gave two-year MBAs an advantage in the overall ranking as they sent students from first and second years, whilst one-year schools had to compete in the same specialities with half the number of people.
In 2005 IE was the winner in its category, coming fifth in the general ranking. However, according to Claudia Jimenez Weil (IMBA05) and Pamela Tánchez (IMBA05), who coordinated IE’s teams in this year’s event, “the most important thing was the awesome opportunity to network both internally and with students from other business schools”.
This year also saw an active search by students for sponsorship of the event. Gregor Minder (IMBA05) led this project, and was successful in securing many contacts in the corporate world, like Masterfood’s sponsorship of the event, and others that will be of great help in future editions.
We also want to thank KYOCERA and the company’s General Manager, Oscar Sánchez (IMBA94), for their confidence in our teams and their support. Thanks to their invaluable help, a group of 156 sportsmen, sportswomen and a strong cheerleading team of students and partners were able to demonstrate our leadership and teamwork skills to the business school community.
The darts team came first following an exciting final against Bocconi. Pablo Divasson, (IMBA05) co-ordinator of the team, Guy Richard Taylor (IMBA05), Miguel Morenés (IMBA05), and Oliver Seldon (IMBA05), showed great power of concentration throughout the long and intense competition.
There were big celebrations when the salsa team secured second place. Tesia Hostetler (IMBA05), led the team, made up of students from the US, Germany and Brazil, who delighted audiences with the originality of their choreography and dancing skills. IE’s rowing, golf, rollerblading and tennis teams also achieved second position. In the rowing event, Daniel Alves (IMBA05) provided great leadership for the team, even though they were mostly beginners. On the golf course, Petter Solberg (IMBA05) put up a great show despite some formidable competition and the awful colour of the polo shirt that all golf players were required to wear! Our rollerblading team’s training sessions in the Retiro, led by Henry Kalbe (IMBA05), obviously paid off, and our tennis players, captained by Carlos Tejerizo (IMBA05), put up an amazing fight in a very unequal final against an ATP champion.
Our congratulations also to Nils Bjerregaard (IMBA05), sailing, Marco de Modesti (IMBA05), beach volley, Chris Kozup (IMBA05), running, with a special mention for Claudia Kaisser (IMBA05), winner of the women’s competition which took place in 35º, and Regis Morel (IMBA05), squash, who led their teams to a very honourable third position.
The Dean, Santiago Iñiguez and the External Relations Director, Gonzalo Garland with the MBAT Team.