Take him out to the ball game

Baseball player has big dreams


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Nixon Carriere is a 17-year-old Grade 11 student at Garden City Collegiate who is very focused and determined to do well.

“School is going good,” he says. “My favourite class is calculus. I like solving numbers, I find it fun.”

Nixon is also pretty darn busy with the sport he loves, and that sport is baseball. He plays for the North Winnipeg Pirates, the Elmwood Giants junior teams, the Garden City Gophers and he’s trying out for the U17 Team Manitoba Canada Summer Games squad.

Nixon Carriere plays on both corners, pitches and hits in the heart of the order for his baseball teams.

“It would be a lot of fun to make that team,” he says. “The games are in Niagara Falls.”

Nixon is one of those young athletes who eats, sleeps, and breathes

the sport he loves. “I have played since I was five and I have always loved baseball,” he says. “I would play every single day if I could. I play first base, third base, and I pitch. My favourite position is first base. I am decent at the plate. I am a contact hitter and I don’t strike out too often.”

Former Winnipeg Goldeye Donnie Smith coaches Nixon with the Pirates and the Gophers.

“He’s a great kid with a strong work ethic who is very coachable,” Smith says of Nixon. “He is a solid defensive player who plays on the corners for us and pitches as well. He hits in the meat of the order and has one of the highest batting averages on our team. Good things will happen for him if he continues to grow as a player and polishes up his skill set.”

Nixon lives in Garden City with his mom Andrea, dad Keith, and brother Lincoln.

“I really appreciate my parents,” he says. “They support everything I do. I can’t thank and appreciate them enough.”

Nixon wants to play college or university ball and has a dream to one day play pro. Nixon has the perfect mindset to accomplish his dreams. He has this advices to offer young athletes:

“Do what you love and never give up.”

Troy Westwood

Troy Westwood
Westwood's Sports Heroes

Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Troy Westwood writes about Winnipeg’s unsung sports heroes every other week in the Canstar Community News weeklies.

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