By Ottawa Sports Pages
Along with the 17 athletes who live or grew up in Ottawa, or represent an Ottawa sports club, there are a number of Team Canada Olympians who hail from the wider national capital region, or have past connections to Ottawa, including:
• A pair of cyclists – Gatineau resident Karol-Ann Canuel (road) and The Cyclery women’s cycling team alum Annie Foreman-Mackey (track).
• Childhood friends Brooke Henderson (golf) and Bailey Andison (swimming) of Smiths Falls.
• Pembroke’s Madeleine Kelly, who will run in the women’s 800 m (like her role model Melissa Bishop-Nriagu).
• Christine Roper, who registers with the Ottawa Rowing Club.
• Kadeisha Buchanan was one women’s national team player who appeared for the now-defunct Ottawa Fury W-League soccer team before earning a starring role with Team Canada.
• Mixed doubles partners Mo Zhang and Eugene Wang (plus coach Hongtao Chen) lived in Ottawa when the table tennis national training centre was located in Centretown.
• Perth’s Amy Millar is an equestrian alternate.
HIGH ACHIEVERS columnist Martin Cleary also had a couple features on Olympic representatives from the larger Ottawa area:
—Lynda Kiejko will travel to the same shooting range that her father competed on at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Rev. Bill Hare – nicknamed the Pistol Packing Preacher – gave both his daughters the skills they needed to make Canadian Olympic teams.
—Lots of grassroots sports feature father-son/coach-player relationships, but it’s much more rare at the elite international level. Gatineau-based Glenn and Nick Hoag will get to share their second consecutive Olympic experience together with the Canadian men’s volleyball team.
Four Ottawa athletes were also named Canadian Olympic team alternates:
Jessica Gaudreault (water polo)
Josh King (rowing)
Merissah Russell (basketball)
Alex Cataford (road cycling)
Martin Cleary will take a closer look at some of these athletes’ stories in his OLYMPIC OH SO CLOSE online series the week of July 19 here at OttawaSportsPages.ca and on Twitter.
And Martin will also have a story this week on University of Ottawa Gee-Gees alum Caleb Agada, who will play for the Nigerian men’s basketball team in Tokyo.