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James Stanton-French

James Stanton-French

Personal Details

Given name: James

Family name: Stanton-French

Date of birth: 21/07/1983

City of birth: Mudgee

Height: 200cm

Weight: 94kg

Home town and State: Perth WA

Residence, State and country: Perth WA

Club/team: Claremont Dolphins

National League team: Fremantle Mariners

Playing position: Goalkeeper

Handedness: Right

Cap number: 1

Major achievements:

  • 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

General Information

Occupation: Student/Barman

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