KOMPAON Francis < Back  
Sport Para Athletics
CGA Papua New Guinea   
Gender Men
Born 16 Jan 1986 in Port Moresby, PNG
Height1.67 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment Congenital
Classification T46
Further Personal Information
Family Two children [including son Francis Jr.]
Occupation Accountant
Languages English
Higher education Commerce - Griffith University: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up the sport in 2003 at age 17 in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.
Why this sport? He was performing well in high school athletics and the Papua New Guinea Disabled Sport Organisation recognised his talent.
General Interest
Nicknames Franco (Athlete, 20 Dec 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement Competing at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (portmoresby2015.com, 18 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career The former president of the Papua New Guinea Paralympic Committee Bernard Chan. (portmoresby2015.com, 18 Jul 2015)
Injuries He suffered four hamstring injuries in the build-up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, including a grade two tear in his left hamstring. (Athlete, 20 Dec 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Make it happen." (Athlete, 20 Dec 2010)
Awards and honours He was Papua New Guinea's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org, 19 Aug 2012)
Impairment He was born without his left arm. (Athlete, 20 Dec 2010)
Other information NATIONAL FIRST
In 2008 he became the first person representing Papua New Guinea to win a medal in any sport at the Paralympic Games when he took silver in the T46 100m [athletics] in Beijing. (abc.net.au, 26 Feb 2010; SportsDeskOnline, 15 Sep 2008)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He served as an ambassador for the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. (portmoresby2015.com, 18 Jul 2015)