Maria “Ria” Damgren Nilsson, is a Swedish sports coach, member of the Swedish Olympic Committee since 2011 and the International Triathlon Union’s board of directors since 2002 and was 2002 - 2005 was also a Member of the European Triathlon Union’s board of directors.
Ria has been a board member of Swedish Triathlon Federation since 1997. She was responsible for the Competition Committee 1998 through to 2001 and Media Officer at the World Cup in Stockholm 1997. She has served as Vice President of 2000-2001 and 2008-2010. She was elected president of the Swedish Triathlon Federation 2001 - 2007 and re-elected in 2010.
Ria has a sporting background with qualifications at district level in swimming and orientation.
She has a degree in media and mass communication from the University of Gothenburg and civil works at Volvo Car Corporation.