Benfeito officially took up diving at the age of 7, after being informally introduced to the sport following her swimming lessons. Once the young swimmers’ training session was over, they were given the opportunity to get up on the diving boards and watch diving legends, such has Emilie Heymans, train. Meaghan was hooked!
In 2005, she became an internationally recognizable face when she surprised the diving community by winning bronze in the women’s 10-metre synchronized event at the FINA World Championships in Montreal with her long-time teammate Roseline Filion.
In 2008, she competed in her first Olympic Games, where she placed 7th on 10-metre synchro with Filion. Four years later, her dream came to reality when Roseline Filion and herself grabbed the bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics.
In individual, Meaghan continues to prove herself as one of the world’s best diver, collecting World Championships, World Cup, Commonwealth Games, Pan Am Games, World Series and Grand Prix medals. Stronger than even, she concluded the 2013-2016 quadrennial in a spectacular way by winning two bronze medals at the Rio Olympic Games. She became the first Canadian diver to bring home two Olympic medals since Anne Montminy in 2000.
Since Roseline Filion retired after the 2016 Olympics, Meaghan has been diving alongside Caeli McKay on 10m synchro. The new duo has shown steady progression as they’re working their way to Tokyo 2020.
In her spare time, Meaghan enjoys photography and cake decorating. She used to be very picky with food, but thanks to her nutritionist, she now eats a bit of everything. Except tomatoes!
3 Olympic bronze medal
3 World Championships podium
5 World Cup medals
5 Commonwealth Games medals
7 Pan American Games medals
2014 Summer Senior Nationals
2014 FINA World Series – Monterrey
Women’s 10m synchro (Filion)
2012 London Olympic Games
Women’s 10m synchro (McKay)
2019 FINA World Championships
* All 10m synchro results are with Caeli McKay * Unless specified otherwise, all mixed 10m synchro results are with Nathan Zsombor-Murray
* Finished 6th in prelims and couldn’t advance to final because of the two divers per country rule