Andrew Symonds was an Australian international cricketer, who played all three formats as a battling all-rounder.
His biological parents were of Afro-Caribbean background and the other was believed to be of Danish or Swedish descent. Symonds was adopted by Ken and Barbara who moved to Australia shortly after they adopted him.
Andrew spent the early part of his childhood in Charters Towers, northern Queensland, where his father Ken taught at a private school which Andrew also attended. During his days in school, he showed interest in sports.
Most of his junior cricket was played in Townsville for the Wanderers club. His family later moved to the Gold Coast where his parents also taught there and Symond was a student there as well.