Squash star aims for more Games gold
THERE is nothing Yamba's Cameron Pilley wants more than to stand atop the podium at the Commonwealth Games with more gold medals for his collection.
"That particular experience for me is possibly the proudest moment of my career," Pilley said.
Pilley won gold with Kasey Brown in the mixed doubles and a bronze with Evans Head's Ryan Cuskelly in the men's doubles at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi four years ago, but the 31-year-old has his sights set on improving those results.
"It would be great to defend the mixed doubles title but I really want to win the men's doubles gold," Pilley said.
"I would love to be standing on the podium again listening to the Australian anthem as our flag is being raised.
"We have a good mix of youth and experience in our squash team and everyone can't wait to get on court and support each other."
He and Brown are ranked as the top seeds in the mixed doubles draw, while he and David Palmer are seeded second in the men's doubles draw.
Fellow Yamba squash star Donna Urquhart is seeded seventh with Lisa Camilleri in the women's doubles.
Pilley's ultimate success would be to win the singles competition, but that will be no mean feat considering the quality of competition he will face.
"The singles event is extremely strong, with four of the top 10 players in world competing," Pilley said.
"I have beaten all of those players before which is encouraging."
Pilley enters his Commonwealth Games campaign with high hopes after strong performances across the world.
Even though he has performed well Pilley pointed to a loss as serving the source for his motivation.
"I have taken some top 10 scalps but also lost to guys I feel I shouldn't be losing to," Pilley said.
"One loss that comes to mind was at the recent British Open. Playing a lower ranked guy first round, I was 2-0 up and lost in five sets.
"That defeat was a hard pill to swallow. On the plus side of that loss is that it gave me an unbelievable motivation to train and improve my game."
Channel 10 will show the Commonwealth Games live from 5.30am tomorrow morning.
5. Cameron Pilley
2. David Palmer and Cameron Pilley
6. Ryan Cuskelly and Zac Alexander
2. Kasey Brown and Rachael Grinham
7. Lisa Camilleri and Donn Urquhart
1. Kasey Brown and Cameron Pilley
3. Rachael Grinham and David Palmer