This Wednesday Scotland will welcome some of the worlds best sports stars for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
To celebrate this Low Wood Club instructor Nev has interviewed Australian squash player Cameron Pilley for an insight into the life of a professional sports person.
Below are the ten questions we asked......
Q1. Can you take us through a typical day in the life of Cameron Pilley?
A typical day would include on court and off court training. Off court training may include running, rowing, weights, stretching and plyometrics. On court sessions may include matches, technique work, movement,etc. I enjoy watching squash and analysing myself and opponents to work out strengths and weaknesses.
Q2. Currently Squash in Britain is going through a successful period, with participation on the increase, is there a similar trend in Australia?
Australia will struggle to get back to it's booming years of the 80's and 90's but I hope with some improved junior programs nationwide, we can get our numbers back up. There is potential as Australia loves sport in general so we just need to market it the right way, if squash was to be included into the Olympics it would be a massive boost worldwide.
Q3. With the Commonwealth games only days away, what are your expectations for the tournament?
I would like to equal my medal haul from the last Commonwealth games or even better this time around. I am defending gold medalist with Kasey Brown in the mixed doubles and won a bronze with Ryan Cuskelly in the mens doubles. I would love to win a singles medal this time also.
Q4. Do you have any superstitions before matches?
No superstitions at all. They're silly.
Q5. With the introduction to the review system in major tournaments. Is there any other rules, that you would like to see changed or be looked at?
Nothing major comes to mind. Obviously refereeing is being looked at and rightly so. It can be improved and we (the PSA) are doing our best to help it. I'm looking forward to using the new 13 inch tin in the doubles this year. It will make the game more exciting and fun for the spectators.
Q6. With the majority of the tournaments being outside Australia, where are you based? And how do you cope with all of the travelling?
It's always been the same story for Aussies- as soon as you get serious about playing on the world tour, you need to leave home and live abroad. It is simply too far to travel on a regular basis and there are more opportunities to further your squash career. I am currently based in The Hague, Holland. Previous to that I was based in Reading, UK and for a few years in Caversham. There have been a long line of Aussie greats over the years that have based themselves in Caversham with the legenday coach Mike Johnson.
Q7. There has been squash tournaments played in football stadiums, train stations and in the front of the pyramids in Egypt, if you could play a tournament anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would love to play an event at Sydney Harbour, Australia. A glass court in front of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge would be amazing. Plus it would be great to have the home support that us Aussies rarely get.
Q8. Could you give us an insight into your Diet and Nutrition?
Burger King for lunch and dinner normally. No, not really, but in general just a well balanced diet. There is nothing special that I try and do nutrition wise but make sure I eat the right things when I should. A lot of protein following training sessions plus I am always snacking and drinking water throughout the day.
Q9. Off the court what other types of training do you do to improve your squash performance?
Off court training will include diferent types of running - intervals/sprints/stairs, rowing, circuits, skipping. Training which can get the heart rate up and replicate a squash match is ideal.
Q10. Finally.......If you could invite 4 guests to a dinner party, who would they be and why?
Ricky Gervais - funny man, Russell Crowe - he owns the rugby league team I follow, South Sydney Rabbitohs. Tiger Woods - I love golf and he'd have some great stories. Kelly Slater - best surfer ever and lives the ultimate lifestyle, still.
Thank you to Cameron for giving up his precious time to answer our questions, the Commonwealth Games Squash Tournament begins on Thursday 24th July why not follow his progress at www.twitter.com/campilley.