Biography

Alex Nilsson was born in a small town in Blekinge, Sweden and is currently living in the town of Creston in British Columbia, Canada. Alex is currently retired from Public Health and trains 3 to 4 hours per day. He has been active in health and fitness for the majority of his life, choosing to pursue extreme endurance sports events over the past 15 years.

Alex is 75 years old and continues to surpass those half his age in both training and accomplishments!

 

Alex Nilsson

  • Retired PHI (Public Health Inspector)

  • CSA (Certified Senior Advisor)

  • CM(Member of Order of Canada)

 

Summary of community involvement: 

  • Creston Valley Hospital board: director-9 years.
  • Home Support Services board: director& chairman-6 years.
  • Kootenay Employment Society board: chairman-9yrs. & ongoing.
  • Cresteramics Society board (sheltered workshop individuals with disabilities): director-9yrs. & ongoing.
  • Creston & District Society for Community Living: director & chairman- 10yrs & ongoing.
  • Kootenay Society for Community Living (now Kootenay Region Society for Community Living): director-4yrs.
  • Erickson Golden Agers Housing Society: chairman -15yrs. & ongoing.
  • Creston & District Health Council: chairman-5yrs.
  • Creston Recreation Center Society board: director – 5yrs.
  • Central Kootenay Recreation Commission #3: chairman-10yrs.
  • Creston Swim Club: founder, managed & coached for 10 years.
  • Creston Soccer Club: founder, coached & played for 25 years.
  • Creston Minor Soccer club organization: founder & coach for 10yrs.
  • Kootenay Soccer League: manager for 20 years.
  • Creston Cross-Country ski club: founded in 1975 & was President until dissolution in 1995.
  • Kimberley Speed-skating Club: speed-skated for 22 years.
  • Creston Cycling Club: active member.
  • Creston Tennis Club: chairman, active member..
  • Creston Golf Club: active member.
  • Creston Valley Toastmasters Club: member for 28 yrs.& ongoing. President (2 terms) & Area Governor (2 terms). Presents a Toastmasters Speechcraft program to Prince Charles Secondary School Grade 11 students – a 6 week Public Speaking program.
  • Volunteer for the Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors, known as TAPS: 5years & ongoing. Alex was instrumental in keeping the program going after Interior Health Authority discontinued the program. The building has been named the Nilsson TAPS Center.
  • Volunteer for the Therapeutic Riding Program: 2 years & ongoing.
  • Volunteer: “Friends of the Community Complex committee” chairman. Group campaigned for YES vote on Referendum. Successful outcome! Alex was very influential in bringing about this positive outcome!
  • Volunteer: Design Team for Creston Indoor Swimming pool & enhancement of existing recreational facility.
  • Volunteer: “Cultivating Creston”, Creston’s Integrated Community Sustainability Planning project initiated in 2011& ongoing.

 

 

Sports achievements:

  • 24 hour non-stop cycling trip 500km Creston to Calgary (59yrs. old).
  • 42 hours non-stop 750km Creston to Vancouver (60yrs.old).
  • Leadville, Colorado 100 miles mountain bike race in 13hrs (61yrs.old)
  • Kookanee 24hr. solo mountain bike races in Vernon & Canmore (63yrs.old).
  • World Masters Cross-Country Ski races in Lake Placid, USA, Canmore, Alberta, Vernon, BC & Golden, BC.
  • British Columbia Seniors Games – Track & Field: participant for 10 or more years. Medaled in 11 events in 2011& again in 2012.
  • Marathon running: 7 full marathons in his 60’s.
  • 2006 – 2007 he ran 8 marathons in 8 months (age 71 & 72). Ran New York marathon 2006 for Team Diabetes, Canadian Diabetes Association. Runs the Creston Blue Heron half marathon every year.
  • 24 hour Golf Marathon in June 2011, completed 150 holes from midnight to midnight. Repeated this 24 hour Golf marathon in June 2012 & completed 200 holes. This Fundraising event brought in $13,000 for the Creston-Kootenay Foundation.

 

His most outstanding sports achievement was ROLLERSKIING ACROSS CANADA in the summer of 2005. With the support of his wife, Nicole, he started his journey in Victoria on June 24, 2005 and reached St. John’s Newfoundland on October 4, 2005 where he completed a last kilometer to Mile 0.

It took him 94 days to rollerski from Victoria to Dartmouth, a total of 6,100 kilometers. Every step, every day was a new challenge – the mountain passes, the prairies, Ontario, the Maritimes…That LAST kilometer in St.John’s, they were accompanied by three Canadian Diabetes Association officials!

The Nilsson couple had a message to give to all Canadians “DIABETES PREVENTION de la DIABETE” which was emblazoned on their motor-home. To bring awareness of diabetes was a major goal and donations received along the way went to the BC branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association.


Recognition Awards

  • Freeman of the town award 2005.
  • Citizen of the Year 2004.
  • Queen’s Jubilee Award.
  • Volunteer Appreciation Award – Town of Creston.
  • Soccer field named: the Alex Nilsson Field
  • Therapeutic Activation Program named: the NILSSON TAPS program
  • Olympic torchbearer on January 23, 2010 in Creston.

 

Since retirement from his 30 year career as Environmental Health Officer in the East Kootenay District in 1999, he has become a Certified Senior Advisor and is a Faculty member of the Canadian Academy of Certified Senior Advisors teaching “ Nutrition & Fitness” to Senior Advisor students.

In December 2009, Alex was awarded the Order of Canada for his extensive volunteerism, leadership, dedication to social well-being in the community of Creston.