Olympian-turned-lawyer on competitiveness and role models

By Robyn Tongol|02 May 2021
Heidi Gan

Having competed at two Olympic Games in marathon swimming, Heidi Gan has a clear understanding of the personal and professional drive for healthy competition and also the importance of having people to look up to.

On this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, host Jerome Doraisamy speaks to Clifford Chance associate Heidi Gan, who represented Malaysia at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games in marathon swimming and now works in the global firm’s litigation practice. The pair discuss Ms Gan’s journey and success with elite sport, what she learned about herself as a litigator and the transferrable skills from open water to adversarial legal work.

They also talk about the need for role models, what lawyers can and should be trying to take away from those whom they look up to, whether lawyers are thinking enough about the importance of having role models and practical steps they can take to ensure that role models can influence one’s direction and decision-making for the better.

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