Beyond Flinders Profile with Old Flinderian - surfer Keely Andrew

Keely Andrew - Old Flinderian

Keely Andrew graduated from Matthew Flinders Anglican College in 2012. She started surfing at age five and went on to become a professional surfer, currently ranked #9 on the Women's Circuit. The World Surfing League have described her as having "a brand of gritty drive and determination, and blending it with her surfing style that’s polished and precise. The faster the wave, the more dangerous she becomes."

We asked Keely - as an Old Flinderian - to reflect on her time at Flinders and to share some of her favourite moments. As a College community, we wish Keely well in her future endeavours - in the ocean and on land!

What does life look like for you now? 
Life for me right now involves a lot of travelling and training. I am a professional surfer on the WSL Women’s World Tour. As of this year I’m also studying part time (Sport and Exercise Science) at the University of Sunshine Coast. 

What was a favourite Flinders moment?
My favourite times at Flinders were getting to see my friends - every day!

Do you have a particular role model from Flinders or beyond?
Throughout my time at Flinders there were a few teachers that had a positive impact on me at that stage of my life; Gerry Price and John Andrews, to name just two. However, at this current stage in my life I draw a lot of inspiration from females who are achieving incredible things, whether that’s in sport or elsewhere. Canoeist Jess Fox and ironwoman Lana Rogers are two people who inspire me, as well as my family and friends.

How did you decide your career path?
I always knew that I wanted to be involved in sport somehow, but never knew what that would look like. 

Did you further study go exactly as you planned? 
I never had a plan in concrete. I just knew that I wanted to be involved in sport. I have always loved surfing but I only ever saw it as a weekend hobby until I finished school and decided to take it seriously. 

What advice do you have for current students?
Take advantage of the opportunities to grow and learn at Flinders. It might not seem like it now but the environment at Flinders is built for you to thrive. Enjoy it! 

Thank you for sharing Keely! To learn more about our alumni Old Flinderians' Association, visit our website here.

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