Aussie Olympic Medalists Matt Temple, Meg Harris Join Peter Bishop At SASI

Swimmers across the globe have been changing training bases in the wake of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and two of Australia’s best are the latest to join the list.

2020 Olympic medalists Matthew Temple and Meg Harris both confirmed their move to the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) in Adelaide, joining head coach Peter Bishop and an elite training group that includes six-time Olympic medalist Kyle Chalmers.

Temple, who won a pair of bronze medals on the Australian men’s 4×100 freestyle relay and the mixed 4×100 medley relay in Tokyo, previously trained under Wayne Lawes at Nunawading Swim Club in Forest Hill, a suburb of Melbourne.

A gold medalist on Australia’s mixed 4×100 medley relay at the 2019 World Championships, along with a sixth-place finish in the men’s 100 butterfly, Temple really broke out this past June at the Australian Olympic Trials, setting a new National Record in the 100 fly in a time of 50.45.

Temple also won the 200 fly (1:55.25) and took second in the 100 free (48.32) at the Trials, setting best times in both, and followed up by placing fifth in the 100 fly at the Olympic Games and 18th in the 200 fly to go along with his relay medals.

Harris previously trained St Peters Western under coach Dean Boxall, noting that the move to SASI was “just the best thing for me moving forward and thinking about my swimming career in the future.”

 

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Harris, 19, broke out with a fourth-place finish in the women’s 100 freestyle at the Australian Olympic Trials, cracking the 53-second barrier in 52.92, and also took fourth in the 50 free (24.51) and fifth in the 200 free (1:56.29).

In her Olympic debut, Harris swam the second leg on the Australian women’s world record-breaking 4×100 free relay, splitting 53.09 en route to winning the gold medal. She also won a bronze medal as a prelim swimmer on the Aussie women’s 4×200 free relay.

While Harris is already at SASI, Temple recently finished up competing in the International Swimming League (ISL) regular season with the New York Breakers in Naples, Italy. He told SwimSwam he’ll make his way to Adelaide when possible, having to quarantine upon arrival in Australia from Europe.

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wow
1 month ago

Strange for the both of them after the major recent success. All the best.

Robbos
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

Especially Harris.

Sub13
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

I think it’s probably a blessing and a curse to train with Boxall. He has some unorthodox ideas that do mostly seem to get results, some of those results being almost unbelievable. However, a few of his swimmers massively underperformed at the Olympics, and it would be easy to feel like maybe Arnie would always be his number 1 priority.

Could be a number of reasons she’s leaving. I hope that it works out for her because she has the potential for an absolute breakout in Paris in a few events.

Dee
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Agree, expecting massive things from Harris in the coming cycle. Hope this move works out for her, she has the talent to go to the very top.

Kelsey
Reply to  Dee
1 month ago

I think Madi and Meg pushing each other will be really good for 2024. Bish is a great coach too I think Meg will power on.

Oceanian
1 month ago

I’m wondering if Madi Wilson will be staying in Adelaide..

Troyy
Reply to  Oceanian
1 month ago

She’s probably rooming with Harris if this Insta post is anything to go by:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CUPEQwMFGG5/

Verram
1 month ago

I think it will be positive for both .. Harris training with Madi who swims the same sprint events .. and Temple getting to train with Kyle to hopefully improve his sprint freestyle and keep in mind Kyle is also a talented 100 fly swimmer and could have taken that second Aussie spot for Tokyo if he focused on it

Corn Pop
1 month ago

Makes sense for Matt to train with Kyle .SASi has likely given both an attractive deal .& they will be well supported for travel & competing.

Meg has turned her hearing situation into a winner both in & out of the pool . Her & Madi should make for an outstanding speaking duo – the MadiMeg Motivational Company . . There is another well known swimming guy around Adelaide but these girls are doing it for themselves.

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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