What made you fall in love with basketball?
“For me it was always a challenge, so I loved that aspect of it. I loved the people involved, too. I gave up netball at age 14 because at that point every day of the week was filled with basketball or netball and it was becoming too much. I chose basketball because it was an Olympic sport, and going to the Olympics had been a dream of mine since I was a kid – plus there were a lot more opportunities in basketball.”
How do you juggle being a mum to your niece Zala and also a full-time pro athlete?
“It’s a tough gig. I won’t pretend it’s easy, but I just find a way. I make sure I spend enough time with her, but I also only put myself in situations where we’re a package deal – so the clubs I play for become family to both of us, which helps me juggle it all a lot more easily.”
What are you most looking forward to at the moment?
“I’m looking forward to this WNBL season, and the fact that we’re back on TV. I’m [back] home in South Australia to play for the Adelaide Lightning this season and I’m super-excited about coming back to where it all began [Bishop grew up on a farm in SA’s Southern Flinders Ranges, and eventually moved to Adelaide for basketball]. There are so many talented players coming back to [Australia to] play; it’s a great league so that excites me. Oh, and I’m also just excited to have a summer by the beach in Adelaide.”