Australian Stingers left-hander Isobel Bishop will be a marquee recruit for the Sydney University Lions women’s water polo team when the 2014 National League season kicks off in February.
Bishop is moving to Sydney from Adelaide and will link up with the Lions for pre-season training in January.
For many seasons the Lions have missed out on the luxury of having a left -hander on the right side of the pool but “Iso” will remedy that situation and also act as a mentor to another southpaw, in 16 year-old Kristy Donkin who represented Australian at a junior level this year.
Bishop will join another newcomer to the Lions from the Stingers squad in Sarah Harris who joins the club via South Africa, Arizona State University and the Hunter Hurricanes. Harris is already part of the Lions team in the L1 Premiership after taking up a position with Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF).
The Lions also have SUSF Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holder Hannah Buckling (Bachelor of Science) back after starring for USC in the NCAA competition in the United States, and centre forward and fellow EAP scholarship holder Georgia Clark (Bachelor of Occupational Therapy) who missed last season through injury.
One negative is a shocking elbow injury to SUSF scholarship holder Emily Scott (Bachelor of Science/Law) who is out of the L1 season after a snowboarding accident.
The Lions will keep their undefeated L1 record intact this weekend with the bye.