Water Polo Australia (WPA) has today released the new strategic plan ‘Towards 2020’ that is a culmination of a strategic review recently... [more]
Given name: James
Family name: Stanton-French
Date of birth: 21/07/1983
City of birth: Mudgee
Home town and State: Perth WA
Residence, State and country: Perth WA
Club/team: Claremont Dolphins
National League team: Fremantle Mariners
Playing position: Goalkeeper
Cap number: 1
- Olympic Games: 8th, Beijing, China, 2008; 9th, Athens, Greece 2004
- FINA World Championships: 7th, Barcelona, Spain, 2003; 10th, Montreal, 2005; 10th, FINA World Championships, Rome, Italy, 2009; 10th, FINA World Championships, Melbourne, Australia, 2007
- FINA World League: 3rd, FINA World League Super Finals, Genoa, Italy, 2008; 3rd, FINA World League Super Finals, Berlin, Germany, 2007; 4th, FINA World League Super Finals, Nis, Serbia, 2010; 4th, FINA World League Super Finals, Athens, Greece, 2006; 6th, FINA World League Super Finals, Podgorica, Montenegro, 2009
- Other Competitions: 1st, Commonwealth Championships, Perth, Australia 2006; 6th, FINA World Cup, Oradeo, Romania, 2010; 9th, FINA Junior Men’s World Championships, Naples, Italy, 2003; 9th, Junior World Championships, Istanbul, Turkey 2001
Higher education: Degree Course: Bachelor of Education (primary)
Institution: Edith Cowan University
Age when began competing in your sport: 12
Where did you begin competing: Claremont Dolphins
Marital status: Occupied
Any superstitions or rituals before competition: To not have any.
Most memorable sporting achievement: Playing Greece at the Athens Olympics
Have you had to come any major adversities in your life/career: Nothing too exciting.
Any relatives/spouses who have competed internationally: No
If so, who and what sports:
Any relatives/spouses who are famous for things other than water polo: Just for being awesome people.
What made you choose this sport: All my friends were doing it.
Who is the most influential person in your sporting career and why: My amazing wife and family who made me keep going when all I wanted to do was stop.
Which person do you most look up to in your sporting career and why: John Eales, because he’s the most humble and inspirational person I’ve ever met.
What are your ambitions both during and after your sporting career: To win Gold at the 2016 Olympics, then start a family.
I dream of: Being an awesome dad.
What is your proudest sporting moment: Any time I play well for Australia.
Drink: Coffee – hence the move to Melbourne.
Food: Slow cooked meat, Japanese, Mexican, anything my mum makes.
Movies: Crash, Interstellar, Man on Fire, Big Hero 6
Songs: Too many to choose from.
Sporting team: Fremantle Dockers
Place to travel for water polo: Budapest
Place to travel for pleasure: Perth
Thing to do on a day off: Sleep in, go out for breakfast, watch the Dockers win at the MCG, catch up with friends and explore new parts of Melbourne.
Beach / Movie: Beach
Pizza / Salad: Pizza
Rap / Rock: Rap
Summer / Winter: Summer
Drive / Be driven: Drive
Talk / Listen: Listen
Shorts / Jeans: Shorts