Fred’s not the only talent in the Sirieix family (Picture: Tom Dunkley)
Fred Sirieix’s daughter Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix has qualified for Team GB at this year’s delayed Tokyo Olympics.
The proud First Dates star shared the team announcement on his Instagram page, after it was revealed his 16-year-old daughter had made the diving squad, alongside 11 others.
Andrea will take part in the 10m platform event at the Olympics, the same event favoured by her teammate, diving star Tom Daley, who won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
The Tokyo Games are due to go ahead later this summer, having been delayed from last year due to the pandemic.
The Sirieix clan is certainly a talented bunch, but Andrea has insisted she doesn’t see her 49-year-old father as a celebrity although she is ‘so proud’ of him.
She explained: ‘At school, they go, “Oh my gosh”, or they send pictures like, “Andrea, this is your dad?”
‘And I go, “Yeah, it is”. But when people go, “Oh, your dad is a celebrity”, I go, “Oh no he’s not, he’s just my dad.”’
The Olympian said his celebrity status doesn’t affect her opinion of her dad at all, but shared her pride in his work.
‘I’m so proud of what he does and he worked really hard to get where he is now.
‘My dad and I have different fields; my dad is on TV and I jump off a diving board. My dad tried it – he can tell you it’s not the easiest thing.’
Andrea also shared how attending the Olympics was ‘a big dream’ of hers fulfilled, and something she’d hoped for since starting her journey as an athlete – but she was clear that was staying grounded in her approach.
She stated: ‘I’m going with an open mind.’
Andrea was crowned BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2020 (Picture: PA)
Of course as with any elite athlete, her eyes are on the prize of a medal, but Andrea was also keen to emphasise for her that it’s about showing off her ability and work ethic to the world too.
Speaking to the Independent, she admitted: ‘Of course I want a medal, of course I want to do the best that I can do, 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 and be the best and I’m so excited for this experience and I’m really, really happy.’
This is not the teenager’s first taste of success as she was crowned BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2020 in December, beating out competition from footballer Jude Bellingham and Paralympic skier Neil Simpson.
Credit: Original article published here.