Simon Archer

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Simon Archer
Personal information
Nickname(s) Buzzard
Birth name Simon David Archer
Country  England
Born (1973-06-27) 27 June 1973 (age 45)
Worcester, Worcestershire
Handedness Right
Event Men's & Mixed doubles
BWF profile

Simon David Archer MBE (born 27 June 1973) is an English badminton player.

Archer once held the world record for the fastest smash at 162 mph.[1]


Summer Olympics[edit]

Archer competed in badminton at the 1996 Summer Olympics in doubles, with Chris Hunt. They were knocked out in the quarterfinals. In 2000 he coupled with Nathan Robertson, but they too lost in the quarterfinals, this time to Tony Gunawan and Candra Wijaya of Indonesia. However, Archer also competed in mixed doubles with Joanne Goode and won a bronze medal.

Commonwealth Games[edit]

Archer and Goode won gold medals twice at the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and 2002. Archer also won bronze medals in men's doubles in both these Games, together with Chris Hunt and James Anderson respectively.


In August 2006 Archer announced, that he will no longer compete on international level.[2] However he still plays county badminton for Worcestershire and has had an offer to play for a club in Germany.

Personal life[edit]

Archer was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours.[3][4]


  1. ^ "How to...Hit a shuttlecock at 162mph by Simon Archer".
  2. ^ "Archer quits international badminton". 6 August 2006. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007.
  3. ^ "No. 57315". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2004. p. 13.
  4. ^ "Queen's Birthday Honours". Telegraph Media Group. 12 June 2004.

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