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Andrew Baildon

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Full name  Andrew James Baildon
Name  Andrew Baildon
National team  Australia
Role  Freestyle swimmer

Sport  Swimming
Height  1.86 m
Strokes  Freestyle, butterfly
Weight  78 kg
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Born  25 August 1971 (age 44) (1971-08-25) Southport, Queensland

1994 Commonwealth Games Mens Swim 4x100m Relay


Andrew James Baildon (born 25 August 1971) is a former freestyle and butterfly swimming champion, who represented Australia in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Andrew was a medalist at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand where he became the first swimmer in the Commonwealth to break the 50 second barrier for the 100m freestyle, when he smashed his own Commonwealth record to win gold (49.80s), and the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada. He was a medalist in 4 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.

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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 Baildon's Superfish Swim School Benowa Gold Coast


Early life and Family

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.

Representing Australia

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.

Commentary

FOX Sport Swimming Commentator: 2000 Olympic Swimming Trials

Channel 7 Expert Swimming Commentator: 2000 Sydney Olympic Games

Honours

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.

Business

Andrew and his wife Karen now operate Baildon Group, encompassing

  • Andrew Baildon's Superfish Swim Schools, Brisbane and Gold Coast, specialising in "Learn to Swim" drowning prevention programs.
  • Jetts 24/7 Fitness Coomera
  • Jetts 24/7 Fitness Pacific Pines
  • References

    Andrew Baildon Wikipedia


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