Bishop featured on national magazine cover
SUBMITTED PHOTO Olympian Melissa Bishop is seen here running along the Toronto waterfront. The middle-distance runner made the cover of the January-February edition of Canadian Running.
Eganville's Melissa Bishop can now add a magazine cover to her list of numerous accomplishments.
The Olympic middle-distance runner graces the cover of the current edition of Canadian Running magazine, one of Canada's premier health and fitness publications.
The magazine is dedicated to featuring talented Canadian athletes like Bishop, who competed in the 800-metre run at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Last July, the magazine's editors approached her at a meet and arranged for the photo to be taken.
In September, Bishop went to Toronto where she was photographed by Joel Esposito jogging along the waterfront boardwalk. While her family knew the magazine was coming out, she wanted to keep the photo shoot a secret.
"I couldn't really tell a lot of my friends because I wanted it to be a surprise," said Bishop.
The response to the cover has been extremely positive with friends from across the country and back home in Eganville spotting it on magazine stands.
"People from home loved it," she said. "It's great to have the support from home."
The third woman in Canada to run the 800-metre in less than two minutes isn't slowing down. She continues to train under Windsor-based coach Dennis Fairall and will be racing on the international circuit during the busy indoor running season. Before spring, she will run in indoor meets at Montreal, Boston and France. She hopes to build on her success from last year when she won the silver medal in the women's 4 x 400-metre relay and a bronze in the 800-metre race at the Francophone Games.
"I feel really good about the season has been going," Bishop remarked. "I'm really looking forward to seeing where things take us this year."
She hopes to qualify for the indoor championships in Poland in March and the 2014 Commonwealth Games scheduled for Glasgow, Scotland in the summer. To do that, she will have to achieve the 'A' standard under Athletic Canada guidelines which is to finish the 800-metre in less than two minutes.
In the meantime, Bishop hasn't given up here Olympic dream noting her goal is to make Team Canada for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
"There's lot of things to do between now and then," she concluded. "It's always in the back of my mind, but I just like to focus on what's coming up next."
Sean Chase is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist