Biography:

Nirra Fields first represented  Canada in 2009 at the U-16 FIBA Americas Championship. She went on to play at the 2010 U-17 FIBA World Championship and the 2011 U-19 FIBA World Championship. After debuting with the senior national team in 2013, Fields was a member of the Canadian team that posted its best result since 1986, finishing fifth at the 2014 FIBA World Championship where she averaged 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. In 2015 she contributed 8.6 points per game as Canada won gold at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. She also helped Canada qualify for Rio 2016 with a gold medal at the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship. In her last year of high school, Fields was the 2011-12 Gatorade California Girls Basketball Player of the Year and the first female Canadian to be named to the McDonald’s All-American Game.  After graduation, Fieldsattended UCLA where during her sophomore season in 2013-14 (her first as a starter) she  scored 17.6 points per game along with 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists en route to being named to the All-PAC 12 team. By her senior season at UCLA, Fields was on eight top 10 lists at UCLA including scoring (4th), steals (6th), and 20-point games (6th). Her outstanding collegiate and international performances led to her fulfilling one of her dreams in 2016, when she was drafted 32nd overall by the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA. In her Olympic debut at Rio 2016, Fields averaged 5.7 points per game.

Getting to know…

Family: Credits mother Faith Fields as her inspiration for being a strong, selfless person… Five older brothers Anthony, Michael, Shawn, Alexander, Chris… Younger brother A.J… Getting into the Sport: Started playing basketball at age 13, drawn to the sport because of the passion and speed… Outside Interests: Enjoys reading, shopping and watching movies…  Finished her senior year at UCLA in 2016, where she majored in Communications… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Pain is Temporary”… Nickname: Ni Ni…