Danielle Drury represented Canada for the first time at the international level as a senior athlete at the 2014 Pan American Sport Festival. She was a member of the team representing Canada at the Junior World Championships on six occasions and also competed for Canada at the 2017 Pan Am Championships. Drury has medaled three times at the junior world level in doubles, winning bronze in 2014 and 2013 and silver in 2011. She has also been on the podium many times at the junior national level and was named to the Racquetball Canada Development Team in 2012 and the National Development Team in 2012 and the National Elite Team in 20XX.
Start in Racquetball: Well when I was little, my Mom always worked out at River Racquet Club, which was close to our house. She finally decided to put us into racquetball lessons instead of day care so she then just went to work out while my sister and I would play racquetball.
Reason for playing: I love everything about the game. I love that I’ve found a sport that I can play for the rest of my life. I love all the opportunities that it has given me to travel and meet new people all over the world. I love the simplicity of the game as for the execution is the difficult part. There is always something to improve and work at. When it comes time for tournaments and games, everything is dependent on yourself. For the most part it is an individual sport and so you have no one else to rely on.
Training habits: Haha well when I think of habits; consistency and a schedule are two words that come to mind and those are two words that I cannot use to describe my training. During racquetball seasons my schedule is mixed with a lot of hockey and racquetball so I never did have the opportunity to get bored. I could be going straight from one practice to the other some nights but i would like to think that I kept a god balance of both sports. I made it to each as much as possible. Racquetball practices consisted of drills, footwork, weight lifting and simply just playing some games.
Non-Racquetball Talents: Well, I am a decent hockey and badminton player.
Best Racquetball moment: I would probably have to say Junior Worlds in Dominican Republic in 2011, Michele and I won silver in 14&under doubles and that was my first time playing with her as my partner 🙂
When you are not playing Racquetball you are probably: I am probably at the rink, on the road, studying and doing homework or hanging out with friends.
What is something that people might not know about you? I am double jointed.
What advice to you have for athletes who want to play at your level? It’s only worth as much as the work put in. So you need to work hard for any goals you have because they will not be handed to you. Do what you love. If you do that, you will love what you do.
Who has been important in your development as a racquetball athlete? My parents have always been great at supporting me and giving me the opportunity to travel to these big tournaments all over. They have always been there, encouraging me and making sure I am always working hard. Up to about a year and a half ago, when my sister was still playing I would try working so much harder so that she could never beat me so that always kept me very motivated. Rob Barclay was there for me and my coach for pretty much my entire junior career and developed my initial love for the game. Loren Prentice, for all the off court training the past couple years and this year my coach on the court as I have improved tremendously this past season.
|Bronze||18 & U Doubles||2014 Junior World Championships|
|Bronze||16 & U Doubles||2013 Junior World Championships|
|Silver||14 & U Doubles||2011 Junior World Championships|