60 seconds with Simon Fairweather

11 August 2017
From July 31 to August 4, Simon Fairweather visited the Centre with the Australian Compound Team.

Simon was the Olympic Champion in individual competition in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and World Champion in the individual category at the 1991 World Archery Championships in Krakow, Poland.

Multiple Australian medalist, Simon has been one of World Archery’s top-level archers and has since retired from a professional athlete to become the head coach of the Australian recurve team.

In today’s 60 seconds, we find out about Simon’s impressions after training with his team at the Centre.

What is your impression of the Centre?

"The new Centre set a standard that any federation would wish for, it’s beautifully fitted out the with quality equipment."

What do you like about the facilities?

"What I liked about the facilities was how comfortable you were at using it. Indoor range provides a great alternative to the heat outside."

How would you describe Lausanne in a few words?

"For this visit the sun was hot and humid, but it’s always pretty and I always like coming here. The view of the lake, especially from down at the Eastern end with all the terraced vines, is always breath-taking."

How will the Centre benefit the development of archery?

"Already, the Centre seems to be benefiting the local community by exposing many people to our sport by hosting schools and business groups. National teams will surely be fighting each other for bookings."

Will you use the Centre and its facilities in the future?

"I’m sure Australian teams will want to use the Centre in the future. For us it is always difficult to travel back and forward to the World Cups, so to have a place like this to base between two events would be great!"