Lifestyle

Pilley's the new Valley ambassador

Newly named Clarence Valley Ambassador Cameron Pilley with his mum Sue and dad Steve after the presentation.
Newly named Clarence Valley Ambassador Cameron Pilley with his mum Sue and dad Steve after the presentation. Adam Hourigan

CAMERON Pilley was named 2012 Clarence Valley Ambassador in a special ceremony in Yamba yesterday.

Cameron follows on from Clarence Valley's first ambassador Golden Guitar winner Troy Cassar-Daley.

Currently ranked as Australia's number one in men's squash and number 19 in the world, Cameron returned to his home town of Yamba to receive the award from Mayor Richie Williamson in a ceremony surrounded by family and friends.

"The honour of the Ambassador for the Clarence Valley is an annual recognition of those that have gone on to excel in their chosen fields. Cameron is certainly an example of this and a fitting recipient of this honour," said Cr Williamson.

"The Clarence Valley has a rich history of sporting greats that have gained recognition on the world stage and Cameron is no exception.

"In such a fast-paced sport there is no substitute for the dedication and hard work that he has obviously put in."

As Ambassador, Cameron will continue to raise the profile of the Clarence Valley through his continuing sporting endeavours and extensive travels.

"I am proud to call Yamba home and I am honoured in receiving the title of local Ambassador for the Clarence," Cameron said.

"Although I am now based at The Hague in the Netherlands, each individual on the squash circuit has their own story and background and I can definitely say mine was written in the Clarence Valley.

"I'm a big believer in not forgetting where you came from."

Cameron's mum Sue Pilley said she was proud to see her son recognised in his home town.

"I think it's wonderful," Ms Pilley said. "He has a good life overseas but I think he really misses Yamba. He loves coming home and wandering around the beaches and getting in the ocean again."

Raised by parents with a love of the sport, it was no surprise when at the tender age of two Cameron started hitting a ball.

Cameron's father Steven undertook the coaching role from then until he left for the AIS in Brisbane on a fulltime scholarship.

Between then and now there have been countless coaches, hours on the court, litres of sweat, hundreds of connecting flights and scores of supporting friends and family which have all played their part in Cameron winning 13 professional tournaments, becoming Australia's No.1 male squash player.

It is this dedication and achievement which has led Cameron to be awarded the 2012 Clarence Valley Ambassador as part of the upcoming Local Government Week.

Although Cameron cannot attend Local Government Week due to his participation in the Australian Open in Canberra, a short video representation will be played as part of the "Living Sustainability Awards" ceremony to be held at the Grafton Chambers at 10am Monday, August 13.

Topics:  cameron pilley, clarence valley, community, yamba



Waterview Heights home burns to the ground

Possible presence of asbestos flagged with authorities

What's on during October

The Mouldy Lovers get the crowd dancing at Surfing the Coldstream 2015. Photo Clair Morton / Daily Examiner

A guide to some of the events this month

'Why do the sharks want to eat us all of a sudden?'

Should we keep letting our kids go surfing?

This "surfing mum" is struggling to watch her kids in the water

Local Partners

Nowhere to Hyde: Matt Nable is Australia's man in demand

Matt Nable stars as Detective Gary Hyde in the TV series Hyde & Seek.

NABLE returns to the small screen amidst busy film work.

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E7: Manifest review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E6: Suckas Need Bodyguards review

Rosario Dawson and Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E5: Just To Get A Rep review

Mahershala Ali, centre, in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E4: Step In The Arena review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Rob Kardashian admits his first crush was his sister Kim

Rob Kardashian once had a crush on his sister Kim Kardashian West.

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

Clarence Valley property prices go through the roof

Buyers are hungry to sink their teeth into the Clarence Valley

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

NEW HOME: Agents to the rescue for family of nine

RELIEF: Tanya Cone (middle) with her kids and McKimm's Real Estate property managers Regan Firth and Nadine Greenhalgh who helped find her family a home.

DEX article prompts property managers to help family find new home