Nov. 9, 2004
written by Daniela Gheorghe, Florida State Sports Information
Tallahassee, Fla. – On October 22, 2004, three Florida State international student-athletes participated in the Global Gatherings television show presented by the FSU International Center. The show is designed to give international students a chance to meet as a group and discuss the challenges they face being a world away from home. Each semester, the international center tapes a segment entitled, “Athletics and Academics,” that focuses on student-athletes.
Former Seminole swimmer Andree-Anne LeRoy and current FSU cross country runners, senior Ian Hornabrook and sophomore Luke Beevor, sat on a panel that discussed the pros and cons of going to school and competing in another country.
LeRoy, a Nanaimo, British Columbia native, is a recent graduate who competed in the backstroke as a Tribe member. She was a two-time NCAA Qualifier, an All-ACC member and broke three FSU school records from 2002-04. The transfer from Washington State was on the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to tell everyone what life is like as an international student as well as a student-athlete,” said LeRoy.
Hornabrook, a two time NJCAA Division II Champion, hails from Southport, Queensland, Australia. In just two short seasons (2003-04), he has helped FSU to two of the best conference finishes in school history. One of only two All-ACC honorees, Hornabrook earned the honors for a personal best mark and an eighth place finish in 2003 and his highest individual conference meet finish of 7th in 2004. Hornabrook is instrumental in the team’s success at the conference, regional and national levels.
“I think it’s cool to get the cross country student-athletes, who don’t get to get on television that much, in front of the camera and lights and see what happens,” said Hornabrook, jokingly. “I’ve never done it before so it should be pretty interesting to see if I can handle myself on television because it might happen again one day.”
Teammate Luke Beevor, competing in his second season with the Tribe, hails from Luton, England and holds the distinction of being the tallest FSU cross country runner in school history, standing 6’10”. As a freshman, Beevor helped the Seminoles to the highest conference finish in FSU school history, placing 18th at the 2003 ACC Championship meet.
“It’s important to tell people about your culture just so they get a different view, a different perspective on things,” said Beevor. “Events like this help bridge the gap. People see that you’re an athlete and you’re from England and want to get to know more about that and what it’s like.”
FSU Athletics’ Director of Student Services John Lata was the moderator for the show, asking the student-athletes questions ranging from their favorite restaurant in Tallahassee to more serious questions regarding their transition from their hometown into the United States and Florida.
“It was a really good experience for the student-athletes,” said Lata. “They really enjoyed getting to know more about each other and (talking about their) different cultures.”
Global Gatherings is taped every Friday from 12:15 to 1:15 and is broadcast on WFSU Channel 4 on Wednesdays at 9 p.m and Sundays at 7 p.m. The event was taped in conjunction with International Night at the FSU women’s soccer game.