Submitted by: Honourary Senator Reta Gordon with information from the Los Angeles CA MASUCCESS Martial Arts News
MNO citizen Perry William Kelly receiving gold at the 2017
World Police and Fire Games. Click here for larger picture.On August 14, 2017, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen Perry William Kelly won a gold medal for the Karate during the 2017 World Police and Fire Games in Los Angeles. Kelly won in the over 50 years of age and under 75 kilograms (165 pounds) division.
Fifty-nine year old Kelly proved that participation in martial arts can last a lifetime. Having returned to Karate in 2016 after a 45-year hiatus, he ran up a string of gold-medal performances at various competitions such as the North American Police and Fire Games and the Montreal Open Invitationals. Kelly`s success led to his 2017 championship victory in Karate at the World Games, which attracted 7,000 participants from all over the world to compete in 70 sports.
Kelly is also a multi-martial arts instructor who uses his success in competitive Karate as a platform to raise awareness of the problem of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in law enforcement, military and first responders.
Kelly is a former MNO representative to the City of Gloucester (now part of Ottawa) and is also a lawyer, author and former criminology professor. He recently retired from the Department of Public Safety and over the course of his 30 year career received five executive departmental commendations for his contributions in the fields of Law Enforcement Training and Use of Force from: the Correctional Service of Canada; the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; and the Deputy Minister of Public Safety.
Since retiring, he has filled up his free time by writing his fourth book and winning gold medals at the Montreal Open Invitational Karate Tournament and the North American Police and Fire Games in Drummond Quebec. Most recently, he has been featured on CTV’s Interesting People with Joel Haslam where he discussed using his profile as an internationally successful athlete to raise awareness about Law Enforcement PTSD.
MNO citizens have recognized Kelly’s past accomplishments and he has been previously featured on the MNO website. Click here to read more on Kelly from a previous story.
Kelly will turn 60 in November of this year and he intends to fight in the 60 plus division of major martial arts tournaments in 2018.
Posted: October 30, 2017