In her second Olympic Games at London 2012, Meaghan Benfeito won 10m synchro bronze with partner Roseline Filion. The best friends and diving sisters have been one the best 10m teams in the world since a surprising bronze medal at the 2005 FINA World Championships which came just a couple of months after they placed third at the Canada Cup, their first international competition together. Fourth in 2007 and 2009, they returned to the world championship podium with silver in 2013, a result they replicated in 2015. The duo has also won medals at three straight editions of the biennial FINA World Cup. Benfeito has won multiple medals at other multi-sport games, including the 2011 Pan Am Games where she won silver with Filion and bronze individually. At the 2015 Pan Am Games the pair won gold in the 10m synchro event and shared the podium in the individual 10m event, in which Benfeito took bronze behind silver medallist Filion. In 2014 Benfeito was a double Commonwealth Games gold medallist in the 10m and 10m synchro events. One of her proudest moments was winning individual 10m gold in Monterrey, Mexico during the 2014 World Series, diving’s most elite international competition circuit.
Family: Parents Arthur Benfeito and Margarida Correia are of Portuguese heritage… Younger twin sisters Alicia and Chelsea… Getting into the Sport: Started diving at age 7 and competing at age 8… Entered her first international junior competitions at age 12… Watching Alex Despatie and Émilie Heymans dive she thought it looked fun to fly in the air… Outside Interests: Enjoys baking and decorating cakes… Photography is her main hobby, taking pictures everywhere she goes… Loves fashion and seeing new collections… Would like to become an early childhood educator… Will return to school after Rio 2016… Odds and Ends: Doesn’t allow herself to have any superstitions… Favourite motto: Winning isn’t everything but losing sucks…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
OG: 2012 – BRONZE (10m synchro), 11th (10m); 2008 – 7th (10m synchro)
PAG: 2015 – GOLD (10m synchro), BRONZE (10m); 2011 – SILVER (10m synchro), BRONZE (10m); 2007 –BRONZE (3m synchro), 6th (3m)
CWG: 2014 – GOLD (10m), GOLD (10m synchro); 2006 – BRONZE (10m synchro)
FINA WCh: 2015 – SILVER (10m synchro), 7th (10m); 2013 – SILVER (10m synchro); 2011 – 7th (10m synchro), 4th (10m); 2009 – 4th (10m), 4th (10m synchro); 2007 – 4th (10m synchro); 2005 – BRONZE (10m synchro)
FINA WCup: 2014 – BRONZE (10m synchro), 9th (10m); 2012 – SILVER (10m synchro), 13th (10m); 2010 – BRONZE (10m synchro), 4th (10m)