A Bermondsey school pupil has collected her award as the young sports personality of the year.
Diver Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix, 16, was named the BBC’s young sports personality of the year last month.
The teen, a member of the Crystal Palace Diving Club, gained her first-ever senior national crown earlier this year by winning the Women’s 10m Platform event at the British Diving Championships.
The impressive feat is among the reasons which saw her earn the prestigious BBC award, which she collected on Sunday.
The Harris Academy Bermondsey pupil now dreams of competing in the Olympics. “For people getting into any sport, I’d tell them to have fun, love their sport and to really enjoy what they are doing – and to have a dream,” she said.
“I’m getting so far in my sport, and I am enjoying it so much because my dream is the Olympic Games. I know I can get there if I carry on with what I’m doing.”
The Nunhead youngster was talent spotted at an early age having previously focussed on gymnastics.
“I was a gymnast and so quite flexible and strong, and I started doing well at diving so I stopped my gymnastics and swimming and just focused on diving, and my love for it just grew,” says Andrea.
Her success has been applauded by her school, who say she is a role model for other students.
“This award is a huge accomplishment for Andrea and is testament to her continued commitment, resilience and positive attitude towards her goals in diving, whilst maintaining her excellent academic record,” said school principal Lindsey Harris.
“Andrea is an exemplary role model for other HAB students and we will continue to support her as she continues to train for the summer 2021 Olympics.”