County of Renfrew issued the following statement on July 27:
In Tokyo, two of our local athletes are preparing for the upcoming 800-meter event this Thursday at the Japan National Stadium. For our newest Olympian, Madeleine Kelly, it’s her first Olympics, for Melissa Bishop-Nriagu it is her third; both call Renfrew County ‘home’. Above: Kelly (centre left) and Bishop-Nriagu (centre right) at 2019 Canadian championships. Photo Facebook/MelissaBishopNriagu/@arthurimages
“We are extremely proud of these exceptional athletes. We will be watching and cheering along with the rest of the residents of Renfrew County on Thursday night,” shared Warden Debbie Robinson. “Both of these women proudly represent not only their country, but also the determination and dreams of the people who live in their hometowns of Pembroke and Eganville, and across Renfrew County. We wish both these Olympians the best of luck and success in Tokyo.”
Melissa Bishop-Nriagu returns to the track for her third Olympic Games, and the Town of Eganville is ecstatic with hometown pride. Melissa started running laps for fun at school when she was 10 and began training and competing at age 13. She had her Olympic debut at the 2012 games in London, and in Rio 2016 where shelowered her own national record to 1:57.02 and finished fourth in the 800m.
Madeleine Kelly makes her Olympic debut this Thursday night during the 800m where she will run along with her teammate and idol, Bishop-Nriagu. Madeleine started running track when she was 12, and while she grew up as a downhill skier, she had a true passion to run. She wanted to represent Canada ever since watching Melissa Bishop compete at the London 2012 games.
Barber,M.(2021,July27) Hometown Olympians in Tokyo [media release]