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Fred Sirieix's daughter Andrea wins another gold at Commonwealth Games

Daisy Phillipson

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Fred Sirieix's daughter Andrea wins another gold at Commonwealth Games

It was another proud father moment for First Dates star Fred Sirieix after his daughter Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix won another gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

This year's edition of the quadrennial sporting event came to a close today (8 August), with the 17-year-old proving to be one of the big names of 2022 thanks to her diving victories.

Andrea took home the gold and her third medal in the mixed synchronised 10m Platform final, alongside fellow diver Noah Williams.

Meanwhile, Kyle Kothari and Lois Toulson bagged the silver within the category.

It was another victory for Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Credit: BBC
It was another victory for Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Credit: BBC

Last week, Fred was seen celebrating his daughter's gold win on the first day of the diving event.

Andrea came out on top in the 10m Platform as she made her debut in the games, scoring 357.50 points in total.

The young athlete topped the leaderboard from her second dive, which was an an inward three-and-a-half somersaults with tuck – a stunt so successful that it saw her jump seven places.

Her dad was pictured beaming with pride from the sidelines at the Sandwell Aquatic Centre, so much so that Andrea noticed him trying to hold back the tears.

The First Dates star gave his daughter a thumbs up. Credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo
The First Dates star gave his daughter a thumbs up. Credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo

Speaking after her win, she said: "He gave me a thumbs up. I think he didn’t want to cry so he didn’t really say much but I think my parents were really, really happy for me. 

"I had quite shaky calves for the last dive. I think that definitely helped with the push that I needed. But I’ve never had that much fun in a competition.

"I’ve got a hot chocolate waiting for me to celebrate."

This isn't the first time the 50-year-old maître d' expressed admiration for his determined daughter, who was named BBC Young Sports' Personality of the Year in 2020 and was chosen to represent Team GB at the Olympics in Tokyo.

In a 2021 interview with the i, he said: "I am ecstatic she got selected for the Olympic squad, and I’m very, very, very proud.

"She is living her dream, it’s what she wanted to do from the moment she started diving.

"I can’t tell you how focused and determined she’s been, and the sacrifices she’s made.

"When she started diving it quickly became apparent she was good, but it’s one thing being good, and another to go all the way."

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: First Dates, Sport, UK News

Daisy Phillipson
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