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MEET COACH: CHRIS KELMAN

  • Vice Principal – David Suzuki Secondary School (2018 to present)
  • Ontario Principal’s Council (OPC., 2014)
  • Brock University (B.A., 1990), York University (B.Ed., 1995)
  • National Coaches Certification (NCCP Level 3)
  • Proprietor and Head Coach of Real Amateur Wrestling Club (1996 – present)
  • Coach of David Suzuki S.S. (2018 – present)
  • York University – Assistant Wrestling Coach (2015 – 2020)
  • Certified in Standard First Aid & CPR
  • 3 X Provincial Senior Men’s Judo Champion (1991, 1992, 1993)
  • 2 X OFSAA Boys Champion Coach (Heart Lake S.S., 2011 & 2013)
  • 5 x ROPSSAA Champion Coach (Heart Lake S.S.)
  • 2 x Provincial Champion Coach (RAW – 1998 & 1999)
  • Camp Olympia Wrestling Director (2010 – present)

Chris Kelman earned his principal’s qualification through the Ontario Principal’s Council in 2014 and is currently employed in the Peel Board of Education as a vice-principal at David Suzuki Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario.  He completed a Bachelor of Education Degree from York University in 1995 and is a graduate of Brock University (1990) where he finished 5th at the 1998 OUA Wrestling Championship.  Kelman brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, expertise, and accomplishments to the Olympia Sports Camp staff with his 32 years tenure as a wrestling coach.

In addition to being an assistant wrestling coach at York University for 5 years, Kelman had an illustrious 19-year career as a teacher and wrestling coach at Heart Lake S.S. in Brampton, Ontario. He won his first senior Boy’s ROPSSAA Championship in 2003, and in his time with the program, his team placed in the top three each season and won five regional titles. Kelman’s wrestling team also won two OFSAA Boy’s Championship titles (2011 and 2013) making him the first Afro-Canadian high school wrestling coach in the province to accomplish this feat. In 2014, Kelman received the OFSAA Leadership in School Sports Award, and in 2020, Kelman was presented the distinguished Pete Beach Award for his outstanding commitment, positive impact, and contribution to the sport.  So far, Kelman is the first and only Afro-Canadian high school wrestling teacher-coach to receive these accolades.

In the early 1990s, Kelman completed his NCCP Level 3 coaching certification and became the head coach of the Matmen Wrestling Club from 1994-96, winning a provincial team bronze medal in 1995.  In 1996 Kelman became the proprietor and head coach of the Real Amateur Wrestling Club and won two Bantam Boy’s Provincial team titles in 1998 and 1999.  While coaching wrestling, Kelman was active in Judo and won three consecutive individual senior men’s Provincial Judo titles (1990, 1991, and 1992).

Coach Kelman joined the Olympia Sports Camp staff in 2010 and instantly became part of its coaching fraternity, He utilizes the camp’s “Hero’s Journey” philosophy to motivate, inspire and empower young athletes to maximize their full potential.  Kelman has been the Director of the Wrestling Program for over a decade at Olympia and says,

“Camp Olympia has become my home away from home.  It provides me the opportunity to nurture the development of young athletes by enhancing their skills in an ecofriendly environment. It enables me the ability to learn and grow by collaborating with coaches from other disciplines and I feel blessed for the privilege to utilize my education, experience, and skillset to positively influence and impact others.”  Kelman also says, “each summer, I am excited and look forward to rejoining the coaching staff as Director of Wrestling at the Olympia Sports Camp in the sport I love.” 

Kelman is eager to utilize his own personal philosophy of leadership through coaching which is, “Building Character, Building Confidence, and Building Champions” to benefit all athletes at the Olympia Sports Camp this summer.

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For Summer Program enquiries:
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