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Alexandros GOUNAS
Sport Water Polo
NOC Greece   
GenderMen
Born03 Oct 1989 in Athens, GRE
Height1.80 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Greek
Higher education
Business Administration - Athens University of Economics and Business: Greece
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing water polo at age 11 with the NC Vouliagmeni club in Greece.
Why this sport?
He was involved in karate, football and tennis before switching to water polo. "At first I wanted to become a footballer, but my mother wouldn't let me. Because I love water my mother put me in the pool and I just did it. The fact that there's a physical element and a ball helped too. Plus I never imagined being involved in an individual sport."
Club / Team
Apollon Smyrnis: Greece
Name of coach
Nikolaos Deligiannis [club], GRE; Thodoris Vlachos [national], GRE
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Driver
Handedness
Right
General Interest
Nicknames
Alex (Instagram profile, 2018)
Hero / Idol
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (Athlete, 10 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I try to push myself by giving more than 100% every time." (Athlete, 10 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named A1 Ethniki Most Valuable Player [MVP] for the 2018/19 season. (sdna.gr, 28 Jun 2019)

He was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] in the final four of the 2018/19 Greek Cup. (agonasport.com, 19 Jan 2019)

He was named the A1 Ethniki Most Valuable Player [MVP] for the 2017/18 season. (fosonline.gr, 25 Jun 2018)
Famous relatives
His father Andreas competed in water polo at the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games. His older sister Marie-Danielle has played water polo for the NC Vouliagmeni club in Greece. (SportsDeskOnline, 06 Sep 2021; sport24.gr, 06 Aug 2015)
Other information
EXPERIENCE PLAYING ABROAD
He credits his experience playing in Italy for his development as a player. "Certainly my stay in Italy has helped me significantly in changing my playing style. It matured me and changed me as a player. I learned to approach the game differently. I have looked to improve in other areas such as defence but also creation, not just scoring. It's good to score goals but in a league as demanding as the Italian you have to have more to stand out." (sdna.gr, 26 Jun 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied for a master's degree in maritime law. (Instagram profile, 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team  
4 2017 Budapest, HUN Team  
3 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
6 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2020 Budapest, HUN Team  
5 2018 Barcelona, ESP Team  
4 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team  
6 2014 Budapest, HUN Team  
9 2010 Zagreb, CRO Team