Drew, what’s your status on the Canadian team?
– I am currently on Canada’s Team 2006 with team mates George Grey, Chris Jeffries, Devon Kershaw, Chandra Crawford, Milaine Theriault and Dasha Gaiazova.(Beckie and Sara are on Team 2005). This is my third year on the Senior National Team, I also spent one year on the Junior National Team. I receive almost full support from the team as far as camps go and I have what’s called a Senior Card from the Canadian Government which is monthly financial support to help amateur athletes with living expenses and schooling.
Leading the Team Sprint ahead of Naess
I don't really have any plans to focus only on sprinting for this season. Training as an endurance athlete has complemented sprinting pretty well for me, so for now I plan to stick to the same sort of program that I have been on the past couple of years. I still think of myself as a distance skier and not a sprinter. I was very happy to hear that FIS decided that they want to keep distance and sprint races together for now. I enjoy doing both and it'd be a tough decision to specialize in one discipline.
Where will you be training this summer and fall?
– I will be training in and around Canmore until August with a few trips up to the Haig Glacier for some skiing. Then the team is heading to The Snow Farm in New Zealand for a three week camp which I think will be an excellent opportunity to get some great skiing in. After that we will be heading to a ski resort near Canmore called Fortress, for some high-altitude dry land training.
What’s your big goal(s) this winter?
– My main goal for this winter is to qualify for the 2006 Olympics. I am also hoping to crack the top 30 in a World Cup and qualify for the final heats in a Sprint World Cup.
Any comments on the Stanley Cup?
– Well, I've been a Flames fan for as long as I can remember. These playoffs have been an unbelievable ride, I still remember watching the Flames win the Cup in '89. I was really hoping for a repeat of that but I guess it wasn't meant to be.
You couldn't have asked for better hockey or a more exciting series though. I was lucky enough to get tickets to go to game four of the finals in Calgary and it was unbelievable. I've never seen a crowd so into a game! Even though they didn't win the Cup, it was still a great showing by the Flames, especially for a team that at the beginning of the season probably wasn't expected to even make the playoffs!