As a young boy, Andy was a keen footballer and was scouted by Notts County Football Club before taking up athletics at 13. His school sporting career quickly took off and he won a gold, silver and bronze medal in the English Schools Championships, ranking third in the world in 1997.
However, as he progressed, Andy struggled with the senior height hurdles (3 feet 6 inches) and for a number of years wasn’t ranked in the top 50 in England. His breakthrough came in 2004 when he made the Olympic team, his first ever Team GB representation.
His technique continued to improve and in 2006 he won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships. Four years later he bettered those achievements with two gold medals in the same championships, ranking him in the world’s top 6 and making him European number one.
In 2011, Andy won a bronze medal at the World Championships in Daegu and he is currently in training for the 2013 World Championships.
On his appointment as an Athlete Mentor, Andy comments: “I am excited to be part of Sky Sports Living for Sport and to share my story with young people in the schools I visit. I have had to overcome many obstacles in my career and I hope my story will help and inspire young people from all different backgrounds to take up a sport and stick with it.”
SOURCE: Sky Sports News article