Further Personal Information
||Wife Natalia, son Luca 
||Montreal, QC, CAN
||Physical Education - Sports Institute of Tbilisi: Georgia
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He began weightlifting at age 13 in Georgia.
|Why this sport?
||His father introduced him to the sport. "When my father took me to the gym, I immediately knew that I would stay in the sport."
|Club / Team
||Les Geants de Montreal: Canada
|Name of coach
||Jean-Patrick Millette [personal], CAN
||Table tennis. (olympic.ca, 16 Nov 2014)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Winning gold in the 105kg category at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (cbc.ca, 31 Jul 2014)
|Hero / Idol
||Georgian-Greek weightlifter Kakhi Kakhiashvili, his father Jimsher Kobaladze. (olympic.ca, 16 Nov 2014; firstpull.net, 07 Mar 2014)
||In 2003 he sustained a neck injury that required a titanium plate to be inserted in his shoulder blade. (canoe.ca, 15 Jul 2015)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Hard work inevitably leads to success." (olympic.ca, 16 Nov 2014)
||FROM GEORGIA TO CANADA
After sustaining a neck injury in 2003, his weightlifting career with the Georgian national team came to an end. As severance, the Georgian Weightlifting Federation [GEOWF] offered him a one-way ticket to Canada. After moving to Montreal in Quebec, he continued training three days a week while holding down a number of different jobs, which included working as a removals man. He gained Canadian citizenship in 2008. "Moving to Montreal was an easy decision as there was already a big Georgian presence in the city." (canoe.ca, 15 Jul 2015; olympic.ca, 16 Nov 2014)