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Peter Bishop named as head swimming coach

23 Feb 2017

The South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) is pleased to announce Peter Bishop as its Head Swimming Coach for the Tokyo Olympic cycle.

Bishop is well known and highly regarded as the coach of Olympic Gold Medallist Kyle Chalmers OAM, Olympians Haydn Stoeckel, Sally Hunter and Josh Palmer, as well as Paralympic legend Matthew Cowdrey OAM. Bishop will move across to SASI as part of a national restructuring of the elite swimming programs across the nation.

The move follows Swimming Australia’s recent announcement to condense the existing structure of supporting 14 Podium Training Centres to a new structure of now nine High Performance Centres. In South Australia the previous Podium Centre was based on a partnership with the Marion Swimming Club, the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre (SAALC) and SASI.

The new SASI Swimming High Performance Centre (HPC) will be an evolution of the former Podium program and not a wholesale change. The HPC program is not based around a specific club and therefore provides a greater opportunity for swimmers from any club to be in the program, which is an elite high performance squad.

The Marion Swimming Club will continue to operate from and in partnership with SAALC and is currently advertising a restructured role combining the management of the program and Head Coach role.

“Peter’s appointment to SASI will give him greater capacity to sharpen his focus with existing and future South Australians aspiring for international success,” SASI Director Wes Battams said.

“Swimming Australia is really upping the ante and want to increase the quantity and quality of the support and effort put into developing world-class swimmers. We support this new initiative of Swimming Australia to create more targeted and specialised high performance training centres.”

“This new role will allow me to be 100 percent focussed on developing our most talented swimmers to be world class and world’s best,” Peter Bishop said.

“I have really enjoyed working with the YMCA and the Marion Club, however bringing the elite squad into a dedicated program with SASI is really exciting.”

In addition to employing Bishop in the role, SASI will also be increasing its support in regards to sport science and integration of technology and services.

The new Swimming Australia strategy will also see greater involvement with Swimming South Australia. Former National Head Swimming Coach Leigh Nugent has been appointed by Swimming Australia as a State Coach for South Australia to mentor the development of coaches and oversee the talent pathways programs. His role will complement the existing programs being conducted by Cory Bampton, whose position has been renamed to Athlete & Coach Performance Officer.

The transition from the Podium program to the High Performance Centre will occur progressively over the coming weeks and months. The existing high performance squad from Marion will form the nucleus of the SASI squad and will remain members of the Marion Club.

“The close working relationship with the SAALC, the Marion club and the new SASI HPC will be a critical partnership for our ongoing success,” Peter Bishop said.

Peter Bishop