Carey Nelson has reached international
heights in track and field, representing Canada twice at the Olympic
Games, twice at the British Commonwealth Games and once at the
Carey was born in Saskatoon in June, 1963,
and grew up in the Bedford Road Collegiate area. He was a strong runner
with Bedford, winning the senior 1,500 metres and senior 3,000 metres in
each of his last two high school years. In 1981, he became the first
Saskatchewan athlete to lower the 1,500 metre record below four minutes,
winning in three minutes, 58.4 seconds, and he chopped 15 seconds off
the 3,000 metre record at eight minutes, 24.4 seconds.
A victory in a half-marathon at Weyburn
was another stepping stone to a remarkable 1982 season, where he won
gold in the 5,000 metres at the Canadian juniors and won bronze and got
a fourth place finish at the Pan-American Juniors.
At the 1986 World
University Games at Kobe, Japan, Carey, ran a solid 5,000 metre race,
always up with the leaders, and won a silver medal for Canada. Another
shining moment in 1986 was running the 2,000 metres at an invitation
meet in Birmingham, England, where his competitors included John Walker
and Tim Hutchins.
represented Canada in 1987 at the world indoor championships, the world
championships where he was 15th in the 5,000 metres and at the
Pan-American Games where he was fourth.
Carey made his first
Olympic appearance in 1988, where he ran 12th in a heat in the 5,000
metres, and then he shifted to the longer distance of 10,000 metres at
the 1990 British Commonwealth Games where he was ninth.
Carey shifted into
marathon racing and hit the wire in two hours, 15 minutes and 27 seconds
to win the Toronto Marathon in September, 1990, and it would be a race
that would direct his future on the international scene.
international flings was in Peoria, Illinois, in 1991 where he finished
second over a four-mile distance. A major victory in 1991 came at the
Houston Tenneco Marathon, which he won with a time of two hours, 12
minutes and 38 seconds.
for Canada at the 1994 British Commonwealth Games in Victoria. Carey
shared in the joy of the closing ceremonies at the 1996 Olympic Games in
Atlanta, where he finished 35th in the marathon. It was, in essence,
the last major competitive race for Carey, who has lived in Vancouver
since the early 1980s.