Up Close & Personal with Gary Challinor

Banner Elk, NC--Join us today as we meet up with another member of the Worksop, England contingency on the Bobcat team. This time we interview freshman midfielder Gary Challinor.

1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae? I knew a few of the lads here before I came. They told me how much they had enjoyed it so I decided to join them here.

2. How long have you been playing soccer? I've been playing since I was eight, so about ten years.

3. What are your personal goals for this season? My goals are to get a first team place and play well, score some goals and win the league.

4. Who has been the most influential person on your athletic career? My parents have been a big influence, but my role models are also important to me...players such as Steven Gerrard, David Beckham and Patrick Vieira.

5. If you weren't playing soccer, what other sport would you play? I would probably have taken up golf more seriously if I wasn't playing football (soccer).

6. What is your major and what do you plan to do with your degree? I have not chosen a major yet but will probably take sports managent and go coaching football/soccer.

7. If you could travel back in time to any point in history, where would you go? There are quite a few places I'd like to go especially to the 1966 World Cup Final when England beat the Germans. If I could change the history when I go back I would go to the 2006 Champions League Finals between Arsenal and Barcelona and change the score to an Arsenal win.

8. What is your favorite book? Steven Gerrard, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires and Pele autobiographies

9. What is your favorite food? Cocoa Pops, Yorkshire Puddings, Stir-fry and chicken curry.

10. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be? San Fransico, New York, Sydney, Rome, Paris….there's to many to chose just one.

11. What is one word that describes you and why? Winner…explains itself.

Gary's Story … I was born in Rotherham, England and played football for my local team for a year until I moved to Barnsley FC at the age of nine. I then moved to Chesterfield at the age of 11 and then signed for Leicester City at 13 but rejoined Chesterfield a few months later due to travelling. Had spells with Derby and Aston Villa also during my time with Chesterfield. I signed as an apprentice footballer at Chesterfield in 2005 and won the league in my first season. Injured in my second season I started looking at universities in England. Then I got the opportunity to come to America to Lees-McRae College and, since I already knew a few lads here, decided to join the team.