Allegheny Mountain Swimming
Hello everyone! My name is Topher Bishop and I am running for the position of AEC Athlete Representative. Throughout my career as an athlete rep, I feel like I have always represented the non-national level community. As a slower swimmer myself, I have always felt underrepresented by the collective of athlete representatives. National-level swimmers make up such a small population of USA Swimming that we need representatives like me, who know what it's like to not be the fastest on their team or in their LSC, in leadership positions. Through my work as an age group swim coach and as a member of the National Age Group Development Committee, I have also learned how to represent our younger population. In these positions, I have had the pleasure to work with, mentor, and advocate for the younger base of our sport. These kids are the future of USA Swimming, and I think it is just as important for us to represent them as it is to represent our senior peers. As an athlete representative, I believe I have been more than active. I have been to multiple conventions, a USA Swimming leadership summit, spearheaded multiple beneficial and long-lasting projects within my LSC, and proposed legislation to the body of USA Swimming through my national committee. By electing me, you are electing a holistic athlete rep, who cares about and works for ALL USA Swimming athletes. Thank you so much and I would really appreciate your vote in the AEC election!