Is adelaide swimming coach peter bishop one of australian sport’s best kept secrets_ _ adelaide now

DRESSED in denim shorts and a blue polo shirt, Peter Bishop almost blends in with the blue seats in the stands as he paces up and down the pool at Marion.

When Chalmers won 100m freestyle gold in Rio in August, the man affectionately known as ‘Bish’ was half a world away, back at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre, watching it on TV.

He wasn’t in Beijing or London either after he had helped turn Hayden Stoeckel from a virtual unknown into a triple Olympic medallist — instead Bishop was watching from a pub in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs.

And he only went to one of Matthew Cowdrey’s three Paralympics, in Athens in 2004, despite the young star becoming the greatest Paralympian Australia has ever produced.


Under Bishop’s watch, the three swimmers have won 14 gold, 8 silver and 7 bronze medals at Olympic and Paralympic level, prompting them to declare him one of the best kept secrets in Australian sport.

But now the secret is out. Bikram yoga nyc yelp You can’t produce a 100m freestyle Olympic champion from a nondescript swimming base such as Adelaide and expect things to be business as usual.

Bishop’s high performance squad is in demand and the latest addition next year will be Victorian Travis Mahoney, who made the 400m IM Olympic final in Rio.

“I know we all work together as a team but the reality is it’s the athlete who has to stand up on the day and get the performance done,” he told The Advertiser this week.

“We all sacrifice but they are certainly the ones who have to perform under the pressure and I think they should get the majority of the recognition.”

On the pool deck was a giant TV screen showing vision from underwater cameras of the swimmers’ stroke technique and Bishop had a stopwatch permanently wrapped around his shoulders.

“I’ve learnt a lot from other coaches over the years and the ability to share ideas on what we’re finding that’s working is really important. Yoga relaxation music It’s good for the whole country.”

“There are certainly people who now know they can reach their potential in this state, which was hard to do previously, but certainly we’ve got all the ingredients here now,” he said.

“I was a good swimmer without being a great swimmer,” Bishop said. Mantra yoga danvers media_camera The man behind the champions … Y2 yoga reviews swimming coach Peter Bishop. Yoga district promo code Picture: Dean Martin

A generation on, his three kids — Jasmine, 17, Ky, 14 and Zac, 12 — like swimming but are more into netball, water polo, rowing, cricket and footy.

It was while he was studying physiotherapy he turned to swim teaching. All yoga asanas and their benefits in hindi That led to taking junior squads with the Norwood Swimming Club and when the head coach left in the early 1990s, Bishop took over and he’s been at it ever since.

“You put out this energy trying to get kids to reach their potential and initially that might be getting them to win medals at state (level).

“And then they go on to win medals at nationals, make Australian junior teams, and you go on that journey with them, you learn a lot over the years.”

On a typical day Bishop is out of bed just after 5am and at the pool by 6.30am. Yoga styles chart Swimmers dive in by 7am and are in the water for two hours, followed by stretching and recovery in a hot/cold spa.

He’s home around 7pm, which makes this an all-consuming job. Yoga free download janelle monae Burnout is common in swimmers who start young and coaches can be no different, which is why Bishop says it’s important to find a good work/life balance.

He is also big on community involvement and his swimmers volunteer with the Salvation Army and have swum with orphans while on a training camp in Phuket.

“He hated to lose and he would race anyone — when he was in the training pool whether they had a disability or not, he didn’t care and that was one of his strengths.”

“When you’re at the meet, you’re watching everything. Bikram yoga chicago I’m getting stroke rates, I’m seeing how he’s swimming, but on TV you don’t get to see the race as well,” Bishop said.

Cowdrey joined Bishop’s Norwood squad when he was 11 and, apart from two years with the AIS in Canberra, continued to train with him until his retirement.

“I don’t know too many coaches that would be willing to let one of their athletes move on, that was one reason I did move to AIS for couple of years, I felt I needed a new stimulus and he pushed that for me.

“He’s never short of emotion and that’s a good thing; he’s happy to shed a tear in good times and bad and that’s good for building the sort of relationships you need at that sort of level.” Hayden Stoeckel

1 silver, 2 bronze media_camera Hayden Stoeckel in 2008 with the man he credits for his rise to Olympic medallist, coach Peter Bishop. Thick yoga mat vs thin Picture: Roy Van Der Vegt

Stoeckel moved from Kingsliff to Adelaide to train under Bishop one year before the 2008 Olympics and agreed the coach was one of Australian sport’s best-kept secrets.

“The thing with swimming is that with talent, any coach can get you in the top five in Australia but you need a great coach to go to the next level.

“When I got the bronze (in 2008) there was a bit of interest from others and he purely left it up to me to decide if I wanted training partners.

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