Cameron Pilley (squash) is a three-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist representing Australia at three editions of the Games. Making his debut at the Delhi 2010 Games, Pilley paired with Ryan Cuskelly to win bronze in the men’s doubles, then going on to win gold in the mixed doubles with Kasey Brown. At the Glasgow 2014 Games, Pilley and Brown finished with bronze in the mixed doubles, while Pilley added a second career gold medal by winning the men’s doubles with David Palmer. Hailing from Yamba, New South Wales, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games were a mere 200km from his hometown, Pilley joined his cousin Donna Lobban (Urquhart) to win gold in the mixed doubles in front of family and friends. Winner of 13 professional titles during his career, Pilley announced his retirement in December 2019 and now coaches squash in upstate New York in the United States.
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Why did you begin your sport?
My parents played, so they would take me along to the squash club every time. I was always around the squash club so I ended up playing it and loved it.
Do you have any pre-competition routines or rituals?
No rituals or superstitions, just the usual pre match routines/warm up I do before every match or training session.
What is your most memorable sporting achievement?
Winning Gold at the 2010 and 2014 CWG. Amazing feeling just to able to represent Australia at the CWG, then winning Gold topped it off!
Who is your hero / idol, and why? Have you ever met them?
I looked up to a lot of top Australian squash players as a youngster and have been lucky enough to get to know them personally and be coached by some of them. Other top sportsmen I looked up to were cricketer Mark Waugh and Tennis player Gustavo Kuerten. I met Mark Waugh at a junior cricket rep weekend when I was 14 but have never met 'Guga'.
Who has been the most influential person or people in your career and why?
My parents have had the biggest influence on me in my early squash days and as a person. As a professional squash player, Geoff Hunt and Rod Martin were my first coaches once I went Pro. They had a huge influence early on in my career and introduced me to hard training, day in, day out.
Do you have any hobbies away from your sport?
I'm a massive Rabbitohs fan and member so wherever I am in the world I try to stream their games as much as I can. I enjoy odd game of golf and I'll quite often travel with a backgammon board to tournaments. There's a small group of us on tour that play backgammon and it gets very competitive!
What is your sporting ambition?
I'm coming towards the back end of my career and I'm happy with what I have achieved to date. In saying that, I still have some goals I'm trying to reach and making the Top 10 in the World is one of them (No. 11 is my best ranking).