Introducing Andrew Short

This is the first of a series of blogs that will be written by Andrew David Short, our newest employee at Papandrea Partners. Andrew has cerebral palsy.

His blogs will explore the experiences of a person living with cerebral palsy and how he copes with his disability day to day. It will also explore his experiences starting work in an accounting firm as well as his wonderful adventures with trainer Lee Campbell of B.FIRM which have included completing Tough Mudder and hiking on the Kokoda trail.

Andrew was born in Griffith NSW in 1979. After attending a “normal” preschool, he attended Kalinda School from 1985 to 1986. In 1987 Andrew and his family moved to Canberra where he attended Hartley Street Centre from 1987 to 1989. In 1990 he attended the Woden School. At the end of 1992 he transferred to Lyneham High where he spent two years making the transition from the special unit to mainstream classes and by 1995 he had fully transitioned to mainstream classes. In 1997 he attended Hawker College completing years 11 and 12. In 2004 he completed a Diploma of Community Development at CIT. Sadly in 2012, his mother passed away, this had a profound effect on Andrew. In 2013 he went on to complete a Bachelor of Theology from Charles Sturt University. That same year he began his Masters of Disability Studies at Flinders University and is continuing his studies while working at Papandrea Partners.

Some of his remarkable training adventures include completing the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb in 2013 and Tough Mudder in 2014. During Tough Mudder, he successfully completed most of the obstacles using his sports wheelchair. In 2015 he hiked around the base of Uluru. It was a hot morning of 40 degree heat and took him around 4 hours to walk around the rock, this was an awe inspiring experience for Andy and he did not realise just how big it was. In 2016 he completed a section of the Kokoda trail which was the toughest physical challenge of his life. He wanted to give up half way but he would not let himself, nor would the people hiking with him. He couldn’t believe he had made it.

Andrew is looking forward to a great career at Papandrea Partners and is preparing for his next adventure, walking the Great Wall of China. Stay tuned…

Andy with the team

For more on Andrew follow the link below:

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/thefeed/article/2016/09/24/how-aussie-man-cerebral-palsy-tackled-kokoda-trail

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