Short Personal Biography
Andrea Lekic was born on September 6th, 1987. in Belgrade, Serbia. She started playing Handball in the year 2000 in the younger categories of ORK Belgrade. She continued her career in Radnicki, Belgrade which is the most successful club in Serbia, and she spent two seasons there (2005-2007). She won her first championship title playing for Knjaz Milos from Arandjelovac in the 2006/2007 season. It was also the club’s first title ever.
After one year in Arandjelovac, during the summer of 2007, she signed a contract with the two-time champion of Europe, Krim from Ljubljana. During her four years in Slovenia, she acquired full affirmation and won four Doubles during her career with Krim.
She signed a contract with Győr, Hungary 2011. as one of the most sought after players in the market. She missed the European championship title during her first season in a match against Buducnost from Podgorica, but she eventually reached her biggest success in her club career in May 2013, when she and her club defeated Larvik, Norway in the finals of the EHF Champions League. She also won two Doubles with Győr, Hungary.
In the summer of 2013. she decided for another professional challenge by signing a contract with Vardar, Macedonia, a club which presented a serious project of making a new sports brand for Macedonia. During the first few months, she lead the team that qualified in the first Final Four tournament of the Champions League in Budapest in their debutant season. Vardar finished third in the capital of Hungary, making that the biggest success in the history of the club. She prolonged her contract with the Macedonian champions until the summer of 2017.
She first played for the senior national team 2006 as one of the biggest potentials of Serbian handball. That same year, she played in the European championship in Sweden as well. She played for the national team in European championships in Macedonia, Denmark and Norway, as well as in Serbia in 2012 when Serbia placed 4th, which was the best result ever. Her biggest success wearing the Serbia jersey was winning the silver medal on the World championship in Belgrade in December 2013. She has been the captain of the national team since 2011.
Andrea received the most significant individual accolade in the world of handball in 2013, when she was rewarded as the planet’s best handball player by the International Handball Federation (IHF). This wasn’t her first nomination, as she was nominated for that same accolade 2 years earlier, when she placed fourth. She also holds the biggest social and sporting award in Serbia which is given only for lifetime achievements – the “Majska” award.
She was picked as a part of the dream team of the 2012 European championship as the best center-back. She was announced as the best player of Serbia by the Serbian Handball Federation in 2012 and 2013. She was also titled as the best player of the Slovenian league in 2011. The well-established website Balkan-Handball.com, picked her as the best handball player in Serbia six years in a row, from 2008 to 2013. She was the Regional League’s and Handball Fiesta’s MVP, and she was picked as the best handball player in the region of former Yugoslavia (2009, 2010, 2013).
She is the main organizer of the “Andrea Lekic” handball academy for children, which debuted successfully in 2013, and she has serious expansion plans in the future. She graduated at the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management and received the title Bachelor of Economy, and she studies at the Faculty of Sports.