In 1990, Andrew achieved No. 1 World ranking for 100m Butterfly (Short Course).
Andrew was the Australian Team Representative for over a decade, was the Australian record holder for the 50 and 100 metre freestyle from 1989 - 1996 and the Commonwealth record holder for most of that period. He was ranked in the top twenty swimmers in the world for over a decade.
Andrew was born on August 25, 1971, on the Gold Coast, Australia. His father, Gary Baildon AM, was Mayor of the City of Gold Coast from 1997 to 2004, has been awarded Knight of Grace (Order of St John), Doctor of the University (Griffith 2005), The Centenary Medal, The 1995 Australian Tourism Council Award, Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary International), in 2010 Gary was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), is the 2016 Gold Coast Citizen of the Year and returned to local government in 2016 as a Gold Coast Councillor.
Andrew has 2 sisters, Kate (deceased) and Anna.
At the age of two, Andrew sank to the bottom of his family's pool and nearly drowned. His older sister, Kate, saved him and his mother, Kathy, promptly booked him into swimming lessons five days a week and so began his swimming career.
Andrew was a student at The Southport School (TSS) from 1979 to 1988, was the Kaiser House Captain and School Foundation Prefect, attained TSS Sporting Colours in Year 9 and became Cadet Under Officer in the TSS Cadets.
As a 16-year-old school boy, Andrew was the youngest male selected to represent his country at an Olympics (Seoul 1988) since Australian swimming great Michael Wenden (dual Olympic Swimming Gold Medallist, World Record Holder and Commonwealth Champion). As well as equalling Wenden's record of four gold medals at a single Commonwealth Games, Andrew became his son-in-law when he married Karen Wenden (1989 Miss Universe Miss Photogenic, Queensland state level swimming champion) at The Southport School (TSS) in 1998.
Andrew was a Foundation Student at Bond University from 1989 to 1995, attaining a Batchelor in Communication (Marketing).
Andrew and Karen have two children, a daughter, Yasmin, and son, Flynn.
Andrew was the Australian Team Captain in 1993 and 1994 (when Australia achieved one of its best pool performances at the Commonwealth Games in Canada) and the Australian Team Representative for over a decade.
Andrew was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for this service to sport.
Andrew was instrumental in the successful Commonwealth Games Bid in St Kits & Nevis, bringing the 2018 Commonwealth Games to the Gold Coast, Queensland.
Member of the Sport & Technical Committee for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Chairman of the Athletes Advisory Board for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Member of the Queensland State Government's Legacy Committee for the 2018 Games.
FOX Sport Swimming Commentator: 2000 Olympic Swimming Trials
Channel 7 Expert Swimming Commentator: 2000 Sydney Olympic Games
Australian Sports Medal June 2000
Sydney 2000 Olympic Torchbearer with his father Gary Baildon AM. Andrew was invited to light the Cauldron for the Gold Coast.
Andrew and his wife Karen now operate Baildon Group, encompassingAndrew Baildon's Superfish Swim Schools, Brisbane and Gold Coast, specialising in "Learn to Swim" drowning prevention programs.
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