Aamir Ghaffar was born in Peshawar, Pakistan and now lives in Southall, Middlesex, UK. He started playing badminton when he was only eight years
Aamir Ghaffar was born in Peshawar, Pakistan and now lives in Southall, Middlesex, UK. He started playing badminton when he was only eight years old. He is now an English badminton player. He won the Canadian Open in 2004 and the men's singles title at the English National Badminton Championship in 2004 and 2005 and reached the final in 2008.
His notable achievements are his victories over 2004 Olympic silver medalist Shon Seung Mo of Korea at the World Championships 2005 in California, World No. 5 Bao Chunlai at the All England Open 2004 and World No. 8 Dicky Palyama at All England Open 2005.
Two times England’s national champion Aamir represented England in the 2006 common wealth games in Melbourne. This also made it the first time achievement for any British Pakistani or an Asian in badminton. He won a silver medal at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth games in the team events.
Aamir’s world ranking is 21, tops the national ranking and first represented England in 2001 against China. He has earned 21 England caps. Apart from Professional Badminton Player he is also doing an Advanced GNVQ in Leisure and Tourism. Aamir wishes to see more young British Pakistanis playing badminton.
In 2008, Ghaffar released his own footwork video called "Aamir Ghaffar, Its all about the recovery" in which he demonstrates how to improve the Badminton footwork and how the top players make it look so easy on the court. He is currently training boys at the Dome Silver Perfomane centre, Hounslow. He also trained the Afghan player Abdul Jalil.
He is currently in a comeback, having won the Oxford Senior Silver Singles Event.