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Andrew is a competitive squash player on Team Canada. Living and training in Calgary, Andrew picked up his first racket when he was only seven years old and became instantly hooked.

Andrew is committed to reaching his goals. Everything he works on is rigorously scheduled, and he’s more accountable than ever before. Five hours a day, six days a week – you’ll find Andrew working on technique until he’s reached perfection. For him, each squash match is a fight for perfection and a way to challenging where he is now, and where he wants to be after it’s all over.

Making it to the Olympics is many athlete’s dream and Andrew was no different. Success meant donning the Canadian flag while the weight of a gold medal pressed on the back of his neck. For years, he fought to accomplish this. No rock was left unturned, and no stone untouched. Even Andrew’s university degree in psychology was used as a means to gain an edge. Unfortunately, the Olympic dream did not become a reality. Squash was denied inclusion in both the 2016 and 2020 Summer Olympics, and with that Andrew had to refocus his goals and press on.

With over five years on tour under his belt, Andrew currently ranks number one in Alberta and in Canada and 62nd internationally. His new goal is to rank number one on the international leaderboard.

Aside from training and competing, Andrew spends his time at The University of Calgary, where he is earning a Master of Science in Kinesiology. His current area of research is to interrogate LGBTQI2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, two-spirit) inclusion in Canadian figure skating. Andrew also loves waterskiing, running, rock climbing and golf. He’s also pretty good at beating people at Ping Pong.

His sport also provides him the opportunity to give back to his community. Andrew is proud to have founded a charity organization called InspiredBySport, which seeks to use the power of sport to connect with children from a First Nations community located west of Calgary.

You can find Andrew on Twitter, Instagram and his blog.