Meet Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix’s mum Alessandra Spendolini after the Team England diver takes Commonwealth gold in the women’s 10-metre platform and mixed synchronised 10m platform final.
Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix won a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the women’s 10-metre platform final on Thursday 4 August. She followed that up with a gold in the Mixed synchronised 10m platform final partner Noah Williams.
The 17 year old has had quite the last few years, winning her first solo international gold medal at the 2020 FINA Diving Grand Prix. Later that year was selected as the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.
However, her success in Birmingham at the 2022 Commonwealth Games is undoubtedly the standout moment of her young career so far.
She takes gold at the 2022 Commonwealth Games
Thursday marked day seven of the international sports competition which takes place every four years. It was the first day of the diving event, which runs until Monday, August 8, and Team England got off to a great start.
At Sandwell Aquatics Centre, Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix finished ahead of England team-mate Lois Toulson to top the leaderboard by a huge 20.20 points and win the gold medal.
“I was peaceful throughout, but on the last dive I had quite shaky calves, I think that definitely helped with the push that I needed,” Spendolini-Sirieix said.
“Overall I had so much fun, I’ve never had that much fun in a competition. I’ve got a hot chocolate waiting for me!”
Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix’s dad is a familiar face
Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix has a rather famous father. She is the daughter of Fred Sirieix, the maitre d’ on Channel 4’s First Dates, and one third of the beloved Gordon, Gino and Fred trio who often road trip around the world.
Fred was seen supporting his daughter from the sidelines as she took gold in the 10m Platform.
Fred took to Instagram later in the evening to share a video of her final dive, penning a sweet message for his daughter who he calls ‘mon caneton’, meaning ‘my duckling’.
He also wrote on Twitter: ‘Thank you so much for all the messages congratulating Andrea. It’s really nice. Really warming. Thanks. I just want to apologise as I can’t respond to all. It’s very kind x’
‘That last dive! To pull it off like that! Wow!!!! What a performance!’
What we know about Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix’s mum
Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix’s mum is Alex Spendolini, who Fred was previously in a 12-year relationship with. Andrea is the former couple’s first child, and has a younger brother named Lucien.
Alex Spendolini, whose real name is Alessandra Spendolini, is an Italian woman who has largely remained out of the public eye.
However, Andrea has shared photos with Alex Spendolini in the past.
In 2020 she shared a photo of her mum and brother with the caption: ‘So grateful for the most wonderful people in my life. I love you the most and thank you for everything you’ve done for me, I am forever thankful for the most loving, amazing and beautiful family.’
Fred Sirieix is currently in a relationship with a woman who is only known by the nickname ‘Fruitcake.’ Fred announced their engagement back in March 2020, tweeting: “#fruitcake said yes,” and the couple often appear on Celebrity Gogglebox.
Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix will return to the pool on Saturday when she competes in the women’s synchronised 10m platform event alongside Eden Cheng.
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