Juniors Development & Stafford Club Coach
Lisa Camilleri joined Stafford Squash Club September 2014, as squash and gym member and is the Stafford Squash Club coach.
As an Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) scholarship holder, International Squash Player, Accredited level 1 Coach and the Cofounder of Club2Athlete, she is an asset to Stafford Squash Club.
Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) scholarship holder.
International Squash Player, Accredited level 1 Coach and Acting Performance Pathway Officer of Squash Australia.
Lisa grew up on a banana farm near Tully, Northern Queensland, Australia. She first had a dream of playing for her country and wearing the Green and Gold uniform at the Commonwealth Games when she was 8 years old.
Lisa started playing squash at the ripe old age of 6 and every year from the age of nine Lisa won the Queensland junior championship titles in an unbroken run throughout her junior career. This period culminated with her being selected to lead the Australian team at the World Junior Women’s Championship in Penang, Malaysia in 2001.
Lisa has represented Australia 5 times, once in her junior years at the Women’s Junior World Championships and 3 times in her senior years being the World Doubles, Women’s Senior World Championships and 2010 & 2014 Commonwealth Games. Having commenced her career in 2001 on the Women’s International Squash Players Association tour (WSA), Lisa has since won 21 titles. Lisa is also a very proud scholarship holder of the Australian Institute of Sport based in Brisbane.
Lisa made a crucial decision in 2010 in lead up to the Commonwealth Games to take her game to the next level. This involved changing coaches and moving and living under the guidance of Vicki Cardwell. Working hard together and developing a great team of support which led Lisa to a very successful 2010/2011 winning 15 WSA events and a career high of world ranking 28.
Injuries: Lisa sustained an injury to her left foot while playing an international event in Malaysia in June 2011. This put her out of action for 18 months which was a process of rest, injections and then leading to an operation to her Plantar Fascia on the 7th of June 2012.
“Squash has always been my life 100% commitment trying to achieve my goals”. Lisa has learnt a lot through this injury about herself and life and it helped her find a balance between squash and doing other things. She used this down time in creating an online sporting social network called Club2Athlete which was a very complex website. This allowed Lisa to broaden her knowledge in marketing, content creation, basic level in HTML/CSS page developer, graphic design, web page production, computer operations and much more.
Lisa has taken a great interest and pride in traveling the world representing herself as a Professional Athlete as well as Representing Australian Squash over the past decade. I would love to pass on a lot of my experience and knowledge to others in coaching and helping improve their game. I have got previous experience coaching in many different clubs in Australia and around the world; I was working with the Junior Development Program in 2010 and 2011 at Westerfolds Sports Centre in Melbourne as well as spending 6 months in Baltimore USA in 2009 working as a Professional Squash Coach at the Meadow Mill Athletic Club
Lisa alongside with her partner Marcus have both started their very own business called Backyard Birdies. BB is a custom sports apparel business where they design, and produce team and individual sports and active wear. During 2015 Lisa worked for Squash Australia as the High Performance Administrator/Go to person. And in this role one of her tasks was to source green and gold uniforms for the Women’s World Team Championships. Lisa quickly learnt that finding good quality, comfortable, stylish outfits in team colours was not easy. There was not a lot of variety and not a lot of stylish outfits out there to choose from. This is where she discovered there was a niche market and from there ‘Backyard Birdies’ was created.
Lisa’s drive to be as successful as possible is a testament to her outstanding character and dedication to achieving her goals.
What Lisa wants to Achieve
- Play for Australia in the 2018 Commonwealth Games
- Win Gold Medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games
- Become an Ambassador for Female Squash
- To help people in the sporting world through guidance, leadership and inspiration
- Carry Backyard Birdies and grow it to a very successful Custom Sports Apparel business
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