Simon Archer

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]

Simon Archer
Personal information
Birth nameSimon David Archer
Country England
Born (1973-06-27) 27 June 1973 (age 47)
Worcester, Worcestershire
Men's & Mixed doubles
Highest ranking1
BWF profile


Summer OlympicsEdit

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 GamesEdit

He represented England and won double silver in the mixed doubles and men's doubles event and was a member of the mixed team that won the gold medal, at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.[2][3][4]

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.[5] However he still plays county badminton for Worcestershire and has had an offer to play for a club in Germany.

Personal lifeEdit

Archer was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours.[6][7]


World ChampionshipsEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1999 Brøndby Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark   Nathan Robertson   Lee Dong-soo
  Yoo Yong-sung
11–15, 8–15   Bronze

IBF World Grand PrixEdit

The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) from 1983 to 2006.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1994 Dutch Open   Chris Hunt   Denny Kantono
  Antonius Ariantho
18–17, 5–15, 8–15   Runner-up
1995 Swiss Open   Chris Hunt   Jon Holst-Christensen
  Thomas Lund
6–15, 7–15   Runner-up
1996 Denmark Open   Chris Hunt   Thomas Stavngaard
  Jim Laugesen
15–17, 15–10, 7–15   Runner-up
1997 German Open   Chris Hunt   Jens Eriksen
  Jesper Larsen
4–15, 8–15   Runner-up


  1. ^ "How to...Hit a shuttlecock at 162mph by Simon Archer".
  2. ^ "1994 Athletes". Team England.
  3. ^ "England team in 1994". Commonwealth Games Federation.
  4. ^ "Athletes and results". Commonwealth Games Federation.
  5. ^ "Archer quits international badminton". 6 August 2006. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007.
  6. ^ "No. 57315". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2004. p. 13.
  7. ^ "Queen's Birthday Honours". Telegraph Media Group. 12 June 2004.

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