June 2005 All News
Archer stunned by Anaheim call
IT takes a lot to surprise Sydney 2000 Olympic mixed doubles bronze medallist Simon Archer. But he was totally knocked out by today's news that he has qualified for the men's doubles at the world championships in Anaheim.
Archer and Anthony Clark, the English national champions, and Ian Palethorpe and Paul Trueman were among the third trenche of qualifiers for the world championships from August 15-21.
The 1999 world silver and bronze medallist thought he had missed out because of the injury which kept him out of the Sudirman Cup in Beijing.
But on being told he had qualified for Anaheim in the third trenche, he said: "You're joking. Thats flipping fantastic.
"It will save me booking a holiday this summer!"
Natalie Munt and Tracey Hallam were also added to the women's doubles qualifiers and there was more good news for England when Kristian Roebuck, who is already qualified in men's doubles with David Lindley, was added to mixed doubles with Liza Parker.
Parker had already qualified to contest women's doubles with Suzanne Rayappan.
Today's news swells England's entry to 20 players
(*subject to confirmation by BADMINTON England).
Andrew Smith (Hants)
Aamir Ghaffar (Middx)
Tracey Hallam (Staffs)
Elizabeth Cann (Jersey)
Nathan Robertson (Notts) & Robert Blair (Leics)
Kristian Roebuck (Derbyshire) & David Lindley (Notts)
Simon Archer (Worcs) & Anthony Clark (Notts)
Ian Palethorpe (Lancs) & Paul Trueman (Yorks)
Jo Wright (Lancs) & Ella Tripp (Cheshire)
Gail Emms (Herts) & Donna Kellogg (Derbyshire)
Suzanne Rayappan (Herts) & Liza Parker (Herts)
Tracey Hallam (Staffs) & Natalie Munt (Herts)
Nathan Robertson (Notts) & Gail Emms (Herts)
Robert Blair (Leics) & Natalie Munt (Herts)
Anthony Clark (Notts) & Donna Kellogg (Derbyshire)
Kristian Roebuck (Derbyshire) & Liza Parker (Herts)