James Stanton-French

James Stanton-French

Water Polo Schedule & Results

(Local) / 02:10 PM 14 Aug (Rio)
Men's Preliminary Round - Group A

12 (Won)

7 (Lost)

Australia

Greece


James Stanton-French


(Local) / 10:10 PM 12 Aug (Rio)
Men's Preliminary Round - Group A

10 (Won)

8 (Lost)

Serbia

Australia


James Stanton-French


(Local) / 09:00 AM 10 Aug (Rio)
Men's Preliminary Round - Group A

8 (Won)

6 (Lost)

Australia

Japan


James Stanton-French


(Local) / 01:00 PM 8 Aug (Rio)
Men's Preliminary Round - Group A

9 (Tied)

9 (Tied)

Hungary

Australia


James Stanton-French


(Local) / 08:50 PM 6 Aug (Rio)
Men's Preliminary Round - Group A

8 (Won)

7 (Lost)

Brazil

Australia


James Stanton-French


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Athlete Biography

Twelve years after his Olympic debut and eight years after his last Games, James Stanton-French will contend his third Olympics in Rio with the Australian Sharks as the most experienced player on the team.

The imposing 6’5” (200cm) goalkeeper was born in Perth and started playing water polo when he was 12. Stanton-French made his Olympic debut at Athens in 2004 and competed again in Beijing, 2008. The Sharks placed ninth and eighth respectively.

Stanton-French has played in five senior World Championships, the first in Spain in 2003; and most recently when Australia placed eighth at the 2015 Championships in Russia. He placed ninth in his first junior World Championships in Turkey in 2001

Stanton-French played professionally in Spain for four years, competing for various Spanish water polo teams. He also has been assistant coach and manager for junior teams at the WAIS.

After Rio he wants to start a family with his wife Sarah and continue his career as a primary school teacher.

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Olympic Information

  • 2004 Athens - 9th (water polo) 2008 Beijing - 8th (water polo)

Recent Performances

  • 5th - 2016 World League Super Final (Huizhou, China)
  • 2nd - 2016 World League Intercontinental Tournament (Yokohama, Japan)
  • 1st – 2015 FINA World League Intercontinental Tournament (California, USA)
  • 8th – 2015 FINA World Championships (Kazan, Russia)

Career Highlights

  • Making the 2004 Olympic team
  • Making the 2008 Olympic team
  • Playing 4 years professionally in Spain

Education

  • Primary
    Nedlands Primary, WA, Australia
  • Secondary
    Hollywood Senior High School, WA, Australia
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Arts (History) - Murdoch University (2007-2011)

Training

  • Coach
    Elvis Fatovic 2012-current
  • Club
    Victorian Seals
  • Institute/Academy
    Victorian Institute of Sport
  • Primary Training Base
    Melbourne

Q&A

Superstition/s
To not have any
Favourite food
Slow cooked meat
Favourite holiday destination
Rottnest Island
Favourite music
Black Keys, Disclosure, Hozier, Florence and the Machine
Dream car
Mini Cooper S
Personal Motto
Some days you win, some days you learn
Star Sign
Cancer
I would spend my last $10 on
Coffee and a Caramel Slice
Tattoos/Piercings
"Made in Australia" tattoo on left shoulder blade. Meaning is relatively self explanatory
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Archery
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
Steven Bradbury
First Olympic Memory?
Watching the Australian Women's Water Polo team win Gold in Sydney
Most Influential person in your career/life
My wife
Why this sport?
All my friends were doing it at Primary School, so I went down to Claremont Dolphins to give it a shot. Couldn't swim so they put me in goals, been stuck there ever since!