Grand Valley Magazine Winter 2015 - (Page 9)

AT H L E T I C S A hop, skip, dribble and lob to Grand Valley International students join varsity teams They may be new to Grand Valley, but they're not new to the game. Of the 452 students who play a Laker varsity sport, a handful are international students who are bringing their athletic talents to Grand Valley. These students bring a fresh perspective and a lot of motivation to the game. by Leah Twilley photos by Amanda Pitts Alex Van De Steenoven Ernijs "Ernie" Ansons Carola Orna ROWVILLE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA EXERCISE SCIENCE RIGA, LATVIA INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND MARKETING VERONA, ITALY INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT PROUD MOMENTS PROUD MOMENTS Winning the state championship in high school and being selected to play and be the team captain for the Victorian State Team. I was selected to play on the National Latvian Basketball Team when I was 16, 18 and 20 years old. I was also selected for the Canarian Basketball Academy in Spain, where I got to play with basketball players from all over Europe for a year. FUN FACT This is my first time in the U.S. and the first time I've ever seen snow. My mom and dad wanted me to send them a photo of the snow because they've never seen it either. It's hot and dry in Australia. CHOOSING GRAND VALLEY I looked at other schools, like Michigan State and Virginia Tech, but guys on the tennis team from Grand Valley reached out to me on Facebook and told me about the university and how great it is, and they were right. That caught my attention. FUN FACT I speak three languages: Russian, Latvian and English. LAKER FAMILY I've played on many teams, but this one has become my family. We're all really close and that means a lot, especially living so far away from home. PROUD MOMENTS Making it to nationals and being ranked No. 2 in the country when I attended William Carey University. Another proud moment was when I came to Grand Valley and we beat Northwood University during the GLIAC finals last season. FUN FACT I have played tennis since I was 4 years old. My parents are both tennis players. SOUTH, THEN NORTH When I came to the U.S. two years ago, I decided I wanted to experience as many cultures as I could. So I attended a university in the South, then found out about Grand Valley by doing some research online. 9 Grand Valley Magazine

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Grand Valley Magazine Winter 2015

Campus News
Donor Impact
RMSC celebrates silver anniversary
Get a job
Another man's treasure
Q&A George Grant Jr.
Off the Path
Focal Point
Alumni News

Grand Valley Magazine Winter 2015