It is with great sadness that his family announce the passing of Anders Nielsen, aged 43. He fought a courageous but uphill battle since his diagnosis a year ago with esophageal cancer.
Anders was a very talented sportsman, who represented his county Surrey and then England for more than a decade at his chosen sport, badminton.
He won the English National singles title twice in 1992 and 1995 and was a losing finalist on several occasions. He represented his country 40 times between 1987 and 1996, including the Thomas Cup, the 1994 Commonwealth Games where he won a team gold and men's singles bronze medals, the European Championships winning bronze in men's singles in 1992 and 1994; and represented Great Britain at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. During his career he won many national and international singles titles.
After retiring from professional sport he became a broker in the financial markets in the City specialising in European bonds and bond options.
With his tremendous energy, wit and competitiveness he rapidly rose through the ranks, ultimately managing a broking team at MF Global and then NewEdge Securities. His clients included some of the world’s leading hedge funds.
He had a great love for horse racing, owning several horses in partnership with friends and enjoyed the occasional flutter.
He leaves his wife, Sandra, and two young children, Jack (7) and Georgina (3) and a void in the lives of many friends, his parents and all his family. He will be greatly missed.
His close friend and another former England star Nick Ponting paid tribute, saying: "Anders was one of my best friends since we became team-mates almost 25 years ago.
"He reflected all that is good in a professional athelete – integrity, dedication, passion, professionalism and a die hard will-to-win. Few can say that they dragged every last drop out of the talent they were born with and thus retired with no regrets – Anders can and that is probably the biggest compliment I can pay him.
"As a friend he was everything I could have asked for, especially since his friendship always came with a ‘cheeky-chappie’ sense of humour that I enjoyed so much.
"Myself and Dave Wright were with him right until the end and can report that his unique fighting qualities kept surprising the doctors day after day until ultimately he lost his final match – sadly for all of us it was a match he could never win. He will be sorely missed but never forgotten."
NIELSEN, Anders Ward
It is with great sadness the family announces the death of their beloved Anders, aged 43, son of Heather and Egon, brother of Bjorn, Gorm and Belinda, husband of Sandra and father of Jack and Georgina, who died peacefully after a long fight against cancer on the 29th July at St. Raphael’s Hospice, North Cheam.
The funeral will take place at Randalls Park Crematorium, Leatherhead on Friday, 6th August at 10.15am.
Family flowers only. Donations to St. Raphaels Hospice, Debra or SHINE may be sent to the Funeral Directors: L Hawkins & Sons Ltd, Highlands Road, Leatherhead KT22 8ND.
Photo: Peter Richardson