It took just three years from being talent spotted to Andy winning Paralympic Gold in Rio. He came to triathlon in 2013 via the Triathlon England Talent squad. He quickly broke into the UK Sport Lottery Funded Great Britain Paratrithlon Squad, trained full time at the Loughborough Triathlon Performance Centre for two years and is now back home with his young family in Lydney, Gloucestershire.
Andy was awarded an MBE for services to triathlon in February 2017. He received it from HRH Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace after becomig Britain's first ever Paralympic gold medal winner in Paratriathlon at the Rio 2016 Games.
Andy is a through the knee amputee (right leg) having been involved in a motorbike accident when he was 16. At the time he was applying to be part of the Army Parachute Regiment and was an excellent cross country runner for Gloucestershire. He spent months in hospital, and his leg was initially saved, but he later had it amputated when he was 22 due to a number of complications.
Running is a major strength for Andy, and he uses a high quality running blade as well as prosthetic leg on the bike.
He competed in his first triathlon in April 2014 and by the end of the season achieved a gold medal at the Madrid ITU World Paratriathlon Event. In 2015 he won a medal at the Rio Paratriathlon Test Event in the PT2 classification and in 2016 he became the ETU European Champion in Lisbon. Andy won Gold for ParalympicsGB with a dominant performance in Rio. He became the first British man to win a Paralympic medal of any colour as the sport made it's debut at the Games.
In 2017, Andy retained the ETU European title, but then suffered a training crash on his bike and had an uphill battle to retain his fitness for the ITU World Championships. However, he rose to the challenge and recorded an impressive victory in Rotterdam.