Tokyo Olympics: Andrea Spendolini-Sireix, daughter of First Dates star Fred, books a spot for Team GB
Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix – the daughter of Fred, the host of First Dates – lands a spot on Team GB’s diving team at the Tokyo Games, as the 16-year-old aims for her first-ever Olympic medal alongside veteran Tom Daley
Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix booked her first date at an Olympics on Wednesday – much to the delight of her famous father.
The 16-year-old’s father is television personality Fred Sirieix, the maitre d’ on Channel 4’s First Dates, who posted his support on social media after his daughter was selected as the youngest member of Britain’s 12-strong diving team for Tokyo. .
“My dad is really encouraging,” said Spendolini-Sirieix, who is seeking a medal in the 10m platform race, where she won silver at the European Championships last month. “My family does everything for me.
Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix, a 16-year-old debutant, has been chosen to join the Team GB diving crewploeg
She is the daughter of Fred Sirieix, the maitre d’ on the hit Channel 4 show First Dates
“I watch First Dates every now and then, I think it’s pretty funny. But when my school friends say, “Oh my god, your dad is a celebrity,” I say, “Oh no, he’s not, he’s just my dad.”
“My dad and I have different fields – he’s on TV and I’m jumping off a diving board. My dad has tried it and he can tell you it’s not the easiest thing to do!
“I want to show and show everyone that I want to be the best. Every athlete’s dream is an Olympic medal. I am so excited about this experience.’
Fred is French, but Spendolini-Sirieix’s mother is Italian and the young diver – who was named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year last year – was born and raised in London.
She didn’t try the sport until after London 2012, where her new teammate Tom Daley won the first of his two Olympic bronze medals.
Teen debutant, who won BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2020, says her dad is ‘really encouraging’
She is aiming for an Olympic medal at the Tokyo Games in the 10-meter platform event
Taking part in his fourth Games in Tokyo, family veteran Daley will be looking for an elusive gold medal on the 10m platform and 10m synchro, where he will team debutant Matty Lee.
The 27-year-old is bolstered by winning two gold medals at last month’s World Cup in Tokyo, a test event that also gave him confidence that the Games can be held safely despite the state of emergency in the host city.
“I feel very reassured that they know what to do to keep it safe,” admitted Daley. “The test event blew me away. It was very reassuring to see the protocols being followed so strictly. It was very, very disciplined. It felt extremely safe.
“They had a solid plan and if the Games are like that, I have a feeling it will be as safe as possible. I am excited to go back.
She will compete with veteran of the sport Tom Daley as he prepares for his fourth matches
“Any athlete would be lying if they said they don’t want to win Olympic gold and I’ve clearly missed that for my diving career so far.
“But I have to get to the start in one piece and be ready to fight at my best that day with no regrets.”
For the first time ever, Team GB has qualified divers for every available spot in the Olympics, with Jack Laugher looking to defend his 3m springboard synchro title with new partner Daniel Goodfellow.