Brandon Nicoll had to endure three years of living away from his family to pursue his dream of one day playing baseball at a school in the United States.
The Oceanside Minor Baseball product has been attending the Langley Secondary School Baseball Academy with a goal of honing his skills to elevate him to the next level in baseball.
It worked well for Nicoll as he recently committed to play for Galveston College Whitecaps in Texas next school year.
Nicoll said the sacrifice he made of not having his parents around was hard but worth it in the end as he can now look forward to playing the sport that he loves in college and also attain an education at the same time.
“It’s a dream come true for me,” said Nicoll.
“I feel relieved that it has happened because I really wanted this. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication.”
The 17-year-old member of the Langley Blaze baseball club was recruited by the Whitecaps, who had an opportunity to watch videos Nicoll sent them. He researched the school and also talked to players he knows who are there now.
“I am looking forward to going there. I feel it is a good place for me,” said Nicoll.
“It’s a good baseball school. I have a couple of friends who go there and gave me information about the school.”
Nicoll plans to eventually pursue a degree in biology in Galveston.
This is Nicoll’s last year playing for the Blaze as their third baseman. He started with Oceanside Minor Baseball but decided to enroll at the LSS Baseball Academy which is connected with Blaze as he wanted more opportunities.
“It’s a very competitive team (Langley Blaze) and the coaches there have lots of contacts with schools out there,” said Nicoll.
Nicoll plans to take advantage of his opportunities in Galveston. He said the dream to play professional baseball is another goal he wants to achieve.
But he is being realistic.
“I know it’s a longshot but if anything happens when I’m done school there would be a bonus,” said Nicoll. “I will certainly give it a shot.”