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.