Sports Wall of Fame

Kelly, Pat

Kelly, Pat
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Pat moved to Niagara Falls with his parents in 1942 from Delhi, Ontario.

Pat began in the sport of boxing as an amateur competing in various divisions, from 1947 to 1955, fighting a total of 55 bouts.

In 1958, Pat was placed in the limelight when at the age of 23, he received the Carnegie Foundation Medal for heroism when he saved a 9 year old boy from death, a short distance from the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.

In 1974 Pat co-founded the Niagara Falls Boxing Club, and in 1980 formed the Shamrock Boxing Club. Pat was named the Ontario Coach for the Ontario Winter Games in 1985 and again in 1987. Pat was named the provincial coach for Team Ontario for the Canadian Championships in Vancouver, BC in 1987 and again in 1988 when the Championships took place in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Following his coaching debut at the national level, Pat's abilites were recognized again as he was placed in the international scene as Canadian Team Boxing Coach when Canada hosted the United States in a boxing tournament in Halifax in 1987 and again in 1988. In 1989 Pat travelled with the Canadian Team as Head Coach during their tour of Africa. That same year, Pat was named the Coach of the National Team for the Commonwealth Games. Pat has been the personal coach of 7 boxing champions - 5 Ontario and 2 Canadian Champions. 
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