Simon Fairweather

Simon John Fairweather, OAM (born 9 October 1969) is an archer born in Adelaide, South Australia. He is 175 centimetres (5 ft 9 in) tall and weighs 71 kilograms (157 lb).

Simon Fairweather
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Fairweather at 2009 Archery World Cup
Personal information
Full nameSimon John Fairweather
Born9 October 1969 (1969-10-09) (age 51)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Fairweather won the individual gold medal at the World Championships in Poland in 1991.

Fairweather was declared the Young Australian of the Year in 1991.

After an early Olympic career in which he was generally considered not to have lived up to his promise, Fairweather shot back into Australia's national consciousness, "stopping the nation" with his gold medal performance in men's individual archery at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He was also a member of the Australian team which finished twelfth in the team competition.[1]

Simon went to 5 Olympic Games: 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004. He has won countless Australia titles over a 20-year period.

In 1997 Fairweather gained a degree in jewellery design from the University of South Australia.

In 2002, Fairweather was inducted into the Australian Institute of Sport Best of the Best.[2]

Fairweather was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2009.[3]

On 1 February 2009, Archery Australia announced the appointment of Fairweather as National Head Coach of Archery in Australia.

Fairweather was married to former triathlon world champion Jackie Fairweather (née Gallagher) until she committed suicide on 2 November 2014.


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Simon Fairweather". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 13 August 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Best of the Best". Australian Sports Commission Website. Archived from the original on 4 June 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Simon Fairweather". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 25 September 2020.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Michael Klim
Australian Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
Petria Thomas and Philippe Rizzo