February 18, 2008

Up Close & Personal with Katie Hawkins

Banner Elk, NC--Today we begin a series of Up Close and Personal interviews with the Lees-McRae women's tennis team. First up for the Lady Bobcats is junior Katie Hawkins of Old Fort, NC. Join us as we get to know her a bit better.

1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae? The Communication Arts program at Lees-McRae offers classes that meet all my interests, and I really love being in the mountains.

2. How long have you been playing tennis? I have played tennis for seven years.

3. What are your personal goals for this season? I want to continue to improve and have a winning season.

4. What's your favorite tennis memory here at Lees-McRae so far? I enjoy getting to know the girls on the team and spending time with them.

5. Who has been the most influential person on your athletic career? My dad introduced and taught me how to play tennis in high school and has continued to support me in my collegiate tennis career.

6. If you weren't playing tennis, what other sport would you play? I would snowboard.

7. What is your major and what do you plan to do with your degree? I am a Communication Arts major and plan to be a staff writer for a magazine or go into photography.

8. What is your favorite part of being on the tennis team at Lees-McRae? I enjoy being able to compete with people better than me and improving my game.

9. What is your favorite book? The Bourne Trilogy

10. If you could play in any of the Grand Slams (Australian, French, Wimbledon, U.S. Open), which would you chose? The US Open because of the supportive crowds and the night matches.

11. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be? I would like to visit Assissi.

12. What is one word that describes you and why? Determined... I always accomplish whatever I set my mind to.

Katie's Story … I am the daughter of Wayne and Wilma Hawkins and have two older sisters (Jennifer and Amy). I am from Old Fort, NC. Growing up I played different sports but didn't start playing tennis until high school. I attended a small school in South Carolina my freshman year where I didn't play competitive tennis for a year. I realized how much I love the sport and now I enjoy playing competitive tennis again at Lees-McRae.