Very first times Fred: I attempted diving like my personal Olympian child – never ever once again

There a massive, free-standing French fibreglass duck in Fred Sirieix hall. We all know this simply because, creating got it for ?150 while filming in Hastings for a unique bout of rescue Hunters star specific, the guy went directly to social media but still cant avoid referring to it.

“It extremely colorful, very stunning,” according to him. “It just brightens my whole time. Once anyone arrived at your house they view it, have actually a smile and fun and then they’ve got a drink or two therefore have actually a discussion with them resting on the duck, that’s very amusing… I happened to be with [Drew Pritchard with his sidekick, Tee, from Salvage Hunters] for a week and there were several things I viewed nevertheless when we saw this option it absolutely was instantly in my cardiovascular system and I also only believe: so it, Ive reached have it.

“The guys about program need to pick for different causes,” describes the 49-year-old maitre d and celebrity of First Dates and the Gallic next of Gordon, Gino and Fred: journey.

“Drew provides over three many years of experience. He’s got the eye. He looking at the recent importance and how much they going to price or how long it will capture him to market they on and just what he can sell for, potentially. Which why the guy buys they. The duck I bought simply for me personally.” In a move made to end up being actually and metaphorically nearer to their particular celeb guest nation of beginning, it show traveled from Pritchard shop in north Wales via a 1,200-acre farm in Suffolk together with Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey to Hastings and seen an antiques trade warehouse providing services in in French household.

“It required back once again,” the guy grins. “There comprise affairs in there I got already seen in somebody home and also at Les Puces – the flea marketplaces – whenever I had been throwing away amount of time in Paris within my army service. I get my personal love of collectibles from my personal mum; our home was in the farmhouse style, all home furniture passed on from generation to generation, along with her property is nonetheless high in stuff like that.”

Apparently not so many fibreglass ducks. “No, not that from the, although my personal boy Lucien accustomed including riding in it outside supermarkets when he got little.” The bird seems to get a recurring motif, and “Mon canard” (“My duck”) the household nickname of their 17-year-old daughter, Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix, the youngest diver on Team GB.

It was something Sirieix unveiled whenever tweeting congratulations on the 7th room end into the 10m system show in Tokyo; he put a duck emoji and informed worldwide just how “unconditionally proud” he was of the lady achievements. The guy in addition tweeted: “Forever my daughter exactly who once familiar with go on my arms. Merely today she flies in to the atmosphere. #goAndrea.”

“we help her entirely,” he says. “I was somewhat worried prior to the Olympics when she remaining to attend Japan because so many points can go wrong. Im a worrier i assume, perhaps a lot of dads are like that – we worry about the things that may go incorrect. Let’s say she will get Covid? Or hurt? And, you realize, just the stress of this Olympics because it the most significant show in the world, your cant get bigger than that. She have educated so hard plus it was indeed cancelled when so of course I Happened To Be slightly anxious.”

Sirieix knows a little regarding the demanding characteristics regarding the recreation, creating formerly volunteered to try they observe they from his daughter viewpoint – an act of paternal determination never to end up being underestimated. “I dived from five metres in the beginning,” he recalls. “And we dived ft first then got from 10 metres plus it ended up being very high, very terrifying and I am maybe not browsing do it again if you don’t pay myself perfectly. My personal legs comprise bruised and that I was at serious pain a short while later… I was in no danger of putting some hold squad for Team GB, this is certainly certainly.”

The feeling additionally trained your things concerning mental characteristics expected to contend in sport at the very top stage.

“I’m sure how good she’s. She will take it out with the case because when youre diving from that peak, and youre only in the air for the second or one minute . 5, they concerning the devotion [you have previously place in]. When youre in the air you must do although you learn someone means ahead of your or youre concerned about another thing. Andrea in a position to prevent it entirely and merely go through along with it. I knew at the time of this event she would end up being okay. As soon as she gets began and gets to competition function, during the zone, she locks herself inside the girl brain and she just there scuba diving. As soon as she was at the period we know she was going to experience towards the semi-finals making they into final. I’d that trust and opinion that she was going to take action and she did.”

The girl emotional poolside speak via videolink with her mothers – struggling to go to because of pandemic standards – got just one more emphasize in an incredible seasons of firsts for Uk girls sport that incorporated Rachael Blackmore winning the great National, ladies cricket coming to the fore during the hundred or so, a landmark TV price for women baseball and Olympic excellence in recreations since varied as BMX and gymnastics but is arguably topped down by the popularity of Emma Raducanu on current US Open.

“It had been so great that she obtained,” says Sirieix, mentioning since parent of a high-achieving teen women athlete and someone that knows what it really takes for his daughter to contend from the finest levels. “Especially after all of the flack she have for Wimbledon [Raducanu retired in her next game fit against Ajla Tomljanovic after having breathing difficulties]. And she a lady. She only 18 yrs . old and individuals ought to do situations in their energy but I am very pleased and incredibly proud of her. I mean, exactly what she finished is actually remarkable. She won the united states Open in two right units! So what can your say?