Sport: Water Polo
Olympic History: Tokyo debutant
Year Born: 2000
Born: Brisbane, QLD
Finishing high school at Brisbane Girls Grammar, Abby started tertiary studies at the University of Queensland, which led to her competing in the 2019 World University Games in Naples, Italy.
Australia came fifth, but Andrews appearance caught the eye of Water Polo Australia, who invited her to a senior camp.
Abby had already competed for Australia at the Youth World Championships in 2018 before enrolling at the University of Michigan in January.
She established Michigan rookie records of 70 assists and 126 points in helping the Wolverines capture the 2019 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) championship. She was named the CWPA Rookie of the Year and CWPA Rookie of the Tournament.
It was all pointing to a senior call-up and even higher honours.
“I honestly did not know how to react because my plans were to go back (to play with University of Michigan),’’ Abby said. “But speaking with my family, I could not turn it down the opportunity of a senior call up back home."
“Even if I was not in their sights (for Tokyo), I was going to improve so much (by attending the camp) and they believed in me. So I had to believe in myself.”
Abby was most certainly in the sights of Water Polo Australia, and is now on her way to Japan for her maiden Olympics.
That pleases many people, especially her Queensland Thunder coach Benn Lees who in early 2020 earmarked Abby for Olympic honours.
“She is not only physically talented, but has a wonderful attitude toward the sport,’’ Lees said. “She is a left-hander, very skilful and smart and has a wonderful selfless attitude.’’