Andrew Symonds might need been finest identified for his contribution to Australian cricket, nevertheless it was life off the sphere that was “his paradise”.
Andrew Symonds might need been finest referred to as a legend of Australian cricket, nevertheless it was his life with spouse Laura and their two kids that was “his paradise”.
The 46-year-old was killed in a single day in a single-car accident exterior Townsville, the place the family-of-four lived, when his automobile left the highway and rolled. Paramedics tried to save lots of him however have been unable to.
Symonds’ household confirmed the devastating information this morning, with Laura telling The Courier-Mail: “We are still in shock – I’m just thinking of the two kids.”
“He was such a big person and there is just so much of him in his kids,” she added.
“He was the most laid back person. Nothing stressed him out. He was an extremely chilled operator. So practical.
“He was never good with his phone but he always had time for everyone.”
Laura, their daughter Chloe and son Billy flew from Sydney to Townsville this morning after being knowledgeable of Symonds’ dying.
‘It’s his paradise’
Symonds married Laura in 2014, 12 months after the start of their son.
The couple met when she was learning a Bachelor of Exercise and Movement Science at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and was assigned work expertise with the Queensland Bulls’ energy and conditioning division in 2004.
Both have been in relationships on the time, however struck up a friendship and on Melbourne Cup Day in 2009, Symonds texted Laura asking if she had a tip. When the horse received and Symonds cleaned up because of this, he requested her to his Brisbane dwelling for dinner to have a good time.
“He’d caught these crabs and fish and laid the table with all this beautiful seafood, and I didn’t eat seafood at the time. I thought, oh no, how am I going to get through this?” Laura recalled in a 2016 interview with The Courier-Mail.
He received her over, although, and the pair have been collectively ever since.
When Laura was pregnant with their daughter – and was set to offer start in the course of the sixth IPL season – Symonds selected to retire.
“He was over the game at the time,” Laura stated. “Not his teammates, but the politics and the negativity. He needed to get back up here (to Townsville). He has everything he needs to be happy up here. It’s his paradise.”
In the identical interview, Symonds stated the couple had “moved to the next stage in our lives”.
“We’ve got a good set-up here, two ripper kids,” he stated.
Speaking to the Nine Network this morning, former Australian captain Allan Border stated the big-hitting all-rounder “loved” his life away from the highlight.
“People liked his very laid-back style. He lived in Townsville. When I spoke to him, I think he still had a hundred head of cattle to muster,” he stated.
“Simmo away from the cameras and away from the spotlight, loved, I think, a bit of solitude and that is why he loved his fishing. Loved his own time.”
Symonds ‘never met’ his start mother and father
Born in England on June 9, 1975, Symonds moved to Australia together with his adoptive mother and father, English schoolteachers Ken and Barbara Symonds, when he was simply 18 months previous.
“I’m an adopted child, right, so I don’t actually know my natural parents. I’ve never met them,” he instructed The Brett Lee Podcast of his adoption late final month.
“But when I was six-weeks-old, my mother and father went to the clinic and they applied to adopt a child. And so the way that things worked back in those days was, they got to take me home for a week and just trial me. A test drive.
“And I remember mum tells the story that they took me home for the week and I played up and cried and was terrible, and so they went back to the clinic and were asked, ‘How did he go?’ and she goes, ‘You know, he was an angel. He was perfect. We’d like to keep him’.
“So they signed all the paperwork and I became Andrew Symonds, going home with Kenneth Walter Symonds and Barbara Symonds as their son.”
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It was throughout his childhood that he earned his longstanding nickname “Roy”, given to him by a junior sports activities coach for his likeness to basketballer Leroy Loggins.
The household settled on the Gold Coast in 1988, when Symonds’ dad Ken was appointed deputy headmaster at All Saints.
Marriage to childhood sweetheart Brooke Marshall
The Anglican faculty was the place Symonds met his childhood sweetheart, Brooke Marshall, who he married 11 years afterward April 24, 2004 at St John’s Anglican cathedral in Brisbane.
“He’s N.o 1 and he makes me feel that way too,” Ms Marshall stated on the time of the nuptials.
“He might have a rough exterior but he’s a softie inside and knows how to look after his girl.”
But it wasn’t set to final – the couple went their separate methods simply over a yr later, in September 2005.
In his 2006 ebook, Roy: Going for Broke, Symonds revealed he was on the verge of calling it quits from cricket in a bid to save lots of his marriage.
“I seriously thought about stepping down from it and cricket altogether. My reasoning was that if there was any chance of rebuilding my marriage then perhaps I was better off without cricket,” he wrote.
“I spoke at length with Brooke and (psychologist) Phil Jauncey, and Phil said that while giving up cricket would have shown commitment, I needed to ask myself whether I was prepared to lose the two things I loved, because if things didn’t work out with Brooke I would have nothing.
“I decided if we were going to make the most of a second chance it would have to involve cricket because that was one of the few things I could rely upon to give us a future.”
Symonds concluded that he was “sorry Brooke had to deal with what she did and if I had my time again I would do things differently, but I believe you learn a lot more from your mistakes than your successes and I have emerged a changed person”.