Danielle Drury

Biography

Date of Birth

December 30, 1996

Birthplace

Vancouver, BC

Residence

Saskatoon, SK

Home Club

River Racquet Club

Coach

Loren Prentice

Equipment

Danielle Drury represented Canada for the first time at the international level as an elite athlete at the 2014 Pan American Sport Festival. She has competed for Canada at two more international events, recently winning a bronze medal in Women’s Doubles at the 2019 Pan Am Championships with partner Jennifer Saunders. In 2019 Drury had her first podium finish at the elite national level, winning bronze in Women’s Open Singles at the 2019 Canadian Championships. She holds two Canadian Women’s Open Doubles Championship titles with partner Jennifer Saunders. In total, Drury has medaled six times at the Canadian Championships. Drury was a member of the team representing Canada at the Junior World Championships on six occasions. She won three medals for Canada at the junior world level in doubles, winning bronze in 2014 and 2013 and silver in 2011.

Q&A

Update coming soon!

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.

Highlights

 

Bronze 2019 Pan Am Championships Women’s Doubles
Bronze 2014 Junior World Championships 18 & U Girl’s Doubles
Bronze 2013 Junior World Championships 16 & U Girl’s Doubles
Silver 2011 Junior World Championships 14 & U Girl’s Doubles
Bronze 2019 Canadian Championships Women’s Open Singles
Gold 2019 Canadian Championships Women’s Open Doubles
Silver 2017 Canadian Championships Women’s Open Doubles
Silver 2016 Canadian Championships Women’s Open Doubles
Gold 2015 Canadian Championships Women’s Open Doubles
Bronze 2014 Canadian Championships Women’s Open Doubles