BIOGRAPHY

Simon John Fairweather

Hello, everyone! My name is Simon John Fairweather, and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to introduce myself to you.

I was born on October 9, 1969, in Adelaide, South Australia, and I have had a passion for archery from a young age. I’ve dedicated my life to this incredible sport.

In 1991, I made a significant breakthrough in my career by winning the individual gold medal at the World Championships held in Poland. This achievement brought me recognition not only within the archery community but also among the wider public. In the same year, I was honored to be named Young Australian of the Year, a title that I hold with immense pride.

Throughout my journey as an athlete, I represented Australia in five Olympic Games, starting from 1988 until 2004. While my early Olympic performances were considered below expectations, I made a remarkable comeback at the 2000 Summer Olympics. It was an unforgettable moment when I clinched the gold medal in the men’s individual archery event, capturing the hearts of my fellow Australians. Additionally, I had the privilege of being a member of the Australian archery team, which competed in the team event.

Over the course of my career, I earned numerous Australian titles, a testament to my dedication and skill in archery. I am immensely proud of these achievements and the hard work that went into attaining them.

Outside of archery, I pursued my interest in jewelry design and graduated from the University of South Australia with a degree in the field in 1997. This showcases my diverse talents and the ability to explore different creative avenues.

In recognition of my contributions to the sport, I was inducted into the Australian Institute of Sport Best of the Best in 2002, and later honored with induction into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2009. These accolades serve as a testament to the impact I’ve had on archery in Australia.

In 2009, I was appointed as the National Head Coach of Archery in Australia by Archery Australia. This role allowed me to share my knowledge and experience with the next generation of archers, shaping the future of the sport in my country.

On a personal note, I had the privilege of being married to former triathlon world champion Jackie Fairweather (formerly Gallagher) until her untimely passing in 2014. She was a remarkable athlete in her own right, and her support and love have always been a driving force in my career.

It has been an incredible journey so far, filled with triumphs, challenges, and unforgettable moments. I am grateful for the opportunities that archery has brought into my life and for the support of the Australian community. I continue to cherish my passion for archery and look forward to inspiring others to pursue their dreams in the world of sports. Thank you for allowing me to share a glimpse of my story with you.

I was born on October 9, 1969, in Adelaide, South Australia, and I have had a passion for archery from a young age. Standing at 175 centimeters (5 ft 9 in) and weighing 71 kilograms (157 lb), I’ve dedicated my life to this incredible sport.

In 1991, I made a significant breakthrough in my career by winning the individual gold medal at the World Championships held in Poland. This achievement brought me recognition not only within the archery community but also among the wider public. In the same year, I was honored to be named Young Australian of the Year, a title that I hold with immense pride.

Throughout my journey as an athlete, I represented Australia in five Olympic Games, starting from 1988 until 2004. While my early Olympic performances were considered below expectations, I made a remarkable comeback at the 2000 Summer Olympics. It was an unforgettable moment when I clinched the gold medal in the men’s individual archery event, capturing the hearts of my fellow Australians. Additionally, I had the privilege of being a member of the Australian archery team, which competed in the team event.

Over the course of my career, I earned numerous Australian titles, a testament to my dedication and skill in archery. I am immensely proud of these achievements and the hard work that went into attaining them.

Outside of archery, I pursued my interest in jewelry design and graduated from the University of South Australia with a degree in the field in 1997. This showcases my diverse talents and the ability to explore different creative avenues.

In recognition of my contributions to the sport, I was inducted into the Australian Institute of Sport Best of the Best in 2002, and later honored with induction into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2009. These accolades serve as a testament to the impact I’ve had on archery in Australia.

In 2009, I was appointed as the National Head Coach of Archery in Australia by Archery Australia. This role allowed me to share my knowledge and experience with the next generation of archers, shaping the future of the sport in my country.

On a personal note, I had the privilege of being married to former triathlon world champion Jackie Fairweather (formerly Gallagher) until her untimely passing in 2014. She was a remarkable athlete in her own right, and her support and love have always been a driving force in my career.

It has been an incredible journey so far, filled with triumphs, challenges, and unforgettable moments. I am grateful for the opportunities that archery has brought into my life and for the support of the Australian community. I continue to cherish my passion for archery and look forward to inspiring others to pursue their dreams in the world of sports. Thank you for allowing me to share a glimpse of my story with you.