Birthplace: Yamba, NSW
Height: 193 cm
Playing hand: Right
Cameron Pilley is one of Australia’s leading players. He attended the Australian Institute of Sport on a Squash scholarship from 2001 to 2005. In 2006, Pilley finished runner up in the mixed doubles event at the World Doubles Squash Championships where he partnered up with Amelia Pittock.
Pilley reached the final of the Canary Wharf classic in 2008 but he lost to James Willstrop in an intense five-game match which was instrumental to Pilley’s rise into the top twenty in the world for the first time. The Australian claimed a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the mixed doubles event, this time partnered with Kasey Brown.
In 2011, Pilley broke the record for hitting a squash ball at 175 mph, beating the previous record by 3 mph set by John White. The record stood until May 2014 where he hit a ball at 176 mph to break his own record. Three months later, Pilley picked up a Gold medal alongside David Palmer in the Commonwealth Games Doubles.
June 2015 was a momentous month for the Australian as he married Women’s PSA World Tour player Line Hansen and, after some lacklustre performances saw him drop out of the world’s top 20, Pilley returned to form by reaching the final of a PSA World Series event for the first time in December 2015 at the Hong Kong Open.
He downed World Champion Gregory Gaultier and World No.3 Nick Matthew en-route but fell to defeat against defending champion Mohamed Elshorbagy. In 2016 Pilley made it to the finals of the Dubai World Series after upsetting Mohamed Elshorbagy in the semi-finals and losing to Gregory Gaultier in the final.
Sponsor: Karakal, Squash Australia, Healthy People
Racket: Cam Pilley Signature Series – Karakal Tec-120ff
Highest world ranking: 11
Country of residence: Odense, Denmark
Started playing: Age 6
First represented Australia: World Juniors and 2000 Youth Commonwealth Games
How I got started: My parents played in the local squash league and introduced me to the game.
Ambition: My focus this season is on my training. Hopefully the results will take care of themselves and I can get some more decent results in the World Series events.
Best performance of career: Reaching Hong Kong Open final in December 2015.
Major achievements: 2 Gold medals at at 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, Runner-up at 2007 World Teams, Finals runner-up 2016 World Series Finals, Runner-up at 2015 Hong Kong Open.
How I relax: I like my coffee and backgammon so that's one way I relax. I always try to get to the beach if I have a chance wherever I am in the world.
Favourite sport other than squash: Golf
If I wasn’t a squash player, I would be: Golfer or cricketer