21 January 2015
Cameron Borgas's new role is to help athletes plan for their careers and life both during and after sport.
The new SASI Personal Excellence Coordinator comes into the position with a wealth of knowledge, experience and can-do attitude. The former Adelaide United Player Development Manager, accountant and event manager joins SASI as he draws to an end his wonderful international cricket career.
"I have been very fortunate in my playing career, starting at the age of 17,” Borgas said. "Now I have started the transition of finishing my professional playing days."
Currently studying a Master of Business and Sports Management, Borgas knows that a sporting life is a short one, and planning for your post career must start well before you play your last innings.
“Research shows the transition of athletes from on to off field has been difficult in the past. My role is to help athletes make good decisions whilst playing sport to help prepare them for life after their playing days come to an end,” he said.
The role of Personal Excellence Coordinator stems from the Personal Excellence Program recently introduced by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).
“Essentially the role requires me to assist athletes make good decisions on a regular basis on and off the field. Predominantly for me is the off-field matter,” he said.
Borgas will act as a support network for SASI athletes, providing career and education advice, and assisting athletes with employment prospects if need be.
“I will be able to help athletes with enrolment into the elite athlete-friendly university programs, which will allow athletes flexibility with assignment due dates and exam timetables,” he said.
Close to 40 athletes are using the Personal Excellence Program at the moment.
“I will also manage workshops in personal development, time management, social media and public speaking.” Borgas said.