Meet GB team diver Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix, First Dates daughter Fred Sirieix, heading to Tokyo 2020
ANDREA Spendolini-Sirieix is ââthe superstar diver aiming for a medal at Tokyo 2020.
The 16-year-old was crowned BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2020 and is part of a 12-person diving team desperate for Olympic glory.
Ambitious, Andrea also has a famous father who can’t wait to see his daughter perform at the highest level in First Dates star Fred Sirieix.
Unfortunately for the butler, foreign spectators are not allowed to enter stadiums and arenas due to the coronavirus pandemic, so he will not be able to cheer on his daughter in the flesh.
However, she is determined to make her mark in the 10m platform event and define herself by her own exploits on the diving board and not as a celebrity girl.
FOURTH IN THE WORLD
The talented Andrea caused a sensation at the FINA Diving World Cup last May.
She made the headlines by finishing fourth in the competition – with her proud father sharing a photo of the family together on social media to celebrate the moment.
But it’s Fred, 49, who also appears in Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip, who gets Andrea’s friends talking.
âAt school they say ‘oh my god’, or they send pictures like ‘Andrea, is that your dad?’,” She told The Independent.
“And I say ‘yeah, it is.’ But when people say ‘oh your dad is a celebrity’, I say ‘oh no he’s not, he’s just my dad.’
âIt doesn’t affect my opinion of him at all. I’m so proud of what he does and he’s worked really hard to get to where he is now.
âMy dad and I have different fields; my dad is on TV and I jump off a diving board. My dad tried – he can tell you it’s not the easiest thing.
WANTS A MEDAL
Andrea, who is fluent in three languages ââ(English, French and Italian), does not go to Tokyo just to do accounts. She wants to take the medal home.
“Ever since I started my athletic journey, I’ve always wanted to go to the Olympics, it was a big dream, and that will never change,” she revealed.
âI’m leaving with an open mind.
âOf course I want a medal, of course I want to do my best, but I want to show and I want to broadcast to everyone that I want to be the best, I can work hard to try to be the best. better and I’m so excited for this experience and I’m really, really happy. “
Appearing on GMB, Fred couldn’t hide his joy at the occasion of his daughter.
But he is disappointed that he cannot attend the Olympics.
âIt’s so exciting, we’re so proud of her, she works so hard,â he said.
âThere are only 31 days until the start of the Olympics. The sad part is that no one can accompany him because there are no spectators allowed.
âLast year when the Olympics were to be held, I had plenty of time booked.
âAnd then it was canceled and carried over to this year. We all had time to support Andrea this year but unfortunately no one is allowed.
âBut it’s for the best. At the end of the day, it’s about the athletes and allowing them to compete in the sports they choose.
âOnly a month and a half ago she was competing in the World Cup in Japan with the GB team, then they went straight to Budapest for the European Championships, where they did very well.
“So that was great preparation. Now it’s a dream come true for her.”
SUCCESS IS IN THE FAMILY
While having a TV star and an Olympian in the family isn’t enough, Fred’s brother is a man of good repute too.
Pierre Lao-Sirieix is ââthe director of AstraZeneca, the pharmaceutical company which has developed a vaccine against Covid-19.
“I love my uncle so much and I am so proud of what he does,” she disclosed.
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“He’s so awesome, so smart too.
“But I haven’t spoken to him personally because I haven’t seen him for a very long time.”
With the success running in the Sirieix family, let’s not rule out Andrea achieving her goal of bringing home a medal.