Throughout the 2014-15 season, the FSU Women’s Basketball game programs will feature a Q&A with each Seminole student-athlete. The second game program against Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday, Nov. 18, features redshirt freshman forward Gabby Bevillard.
You have decided to retire from basketball due to issues with your knee. Can you explain this decision?
It’s the best thing for my future. For the past two-and-a-half years I’ve been battling knee injury after knee injury and there’s a point where you just need to sit back and say, “that’s it.” I believe in God’s plan and know that my decision to end my career only helps me start a new path.
How important is it for you to be able to stay on the team this season and support your teammates?
It’s really important to me. Some of my best friends are on the team. Anything I can do to help them out is what I really want to do this season.
Last season, you won the Ronalda Pierce Heart Award. Can you explain what this is and what it means to you?
Mainly it was a leadership award. I had a knee injury last year, so I had to sit out. So it was mainly me battling back, going through adversity and going over obstacles I didn’t think I was going to, and I conquered it.
If you could be any athlete on earth, who would you choose to be? Why?
Roger Federer. He’s one of my favorite tennis players, and I love watching tennis. So that’s probably one of the athletes that I really look up to.
Why did you choose to come to Florida State? What sets FSU and Tallahassee apart?
I chose Florida State because of the family atmosphere. This was actually my first visit, and I wanted to commit right after because the team is really like a big family. If I was going to be five hours away I wanted to be able to talk to the coaches, and my teammates would become my best friends. That was one of the main reasons.
I hear that you are fluent in French. Were you taught this growing up, or did you learn it independently?
Well I’ve been to France probably seven or eight times since I was born. My whole dad’s side lives over there so I really wanted to learn the language. My dad speaks to me in French sometimes, so that really helps me out.
What are your plans for the rest of your time at FSU and beyond?
I want to start interning in the athletic department. Vanessa (Fuchs) has really been helping me out with that. Hopefully, my senior year I will get an internship at Nike, because my main goal after college would be to work in a major college athletic department.
*Written by sports information intern Jack Shields*