ETOUNDI Francois < Back  
Sport Weightlifting
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 06 Oct 1984 in Yaoundé, CMR
Height1.67 m
Weight 77 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Partner Bridget Allan
Residence Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Occupation Athlete, Student
Languages French, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began weightlifting at age 14.
Why this sport? His father was a weightlifter and got him into the sport, after his mother encouraged him to stop boxing.
Club / Team Hawthorn Weightlifting Club: Australia
Name of coach Yourik Sarkisian, AUS
General Interest
Hobbies Camping, watching movies. (vis.org.au, 18 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career His parents. (Australian Weightlifting Federation YouTube, 25 Jul 2014)
Injuries He tore a biceps muscle from the bone during the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, which forced him to pull out of the competition before its conclusion. (theaustralian.com.au, 07 Oct 2010)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs 'Have a shave. Look good. look cool." (Australian Weightlifting Federation YouTube, 25 Jul 2014)
Ambitions "To be the best I can in my sporting career." (vis.org.au, 18 Jul 2015)
Other information COMMONWEALTH GAMES ASSAULT
At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, he was charged with assault after headbutting Welsh weightlifter Gareth Evans after a drunken incident in the athletes' village, when Evans' girlfriend hugged Etoundi. He was held in custody overnight, ordered to pay a compensation fine of $726 AUD and banished from the athletes' village after Australia revoked his accreditation. “When I came back from the Commonwealth Games last year I was a little depressed after what had happened." (theguardian.com, 01 Aug 2014; foxsports.com.au, 01 Aug 2014; rio2016.olympics.com.au, 30 Aug 2015)

FROM CAMEROON TO AUSTRALIA
He decided to apply for asylum and remain in Australia after he represented Cameroon in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (smh.com.au, 16 Mar 2014; hawthornweightlifing.com, 02 May 2010)