Abby Bishop was born on the 29th November 1988 and was raised on a farm just outside a small country town, Melrose in the Southern Flinders Rangers, South Australia.
Abby began playing netball at a young age, but made the switch over to basketball not too long after. Her career started in Port Pirie, with the Agnes basketball club, where then she was able to take the sport to a new level.
After a couple of years playing in Port Pirie and learning all about the game, she was then picked up by a rep club in Adelaide, "North Adelaide".
She would travel to Adelaide 2/3 times a week to practice and play, and with her basketball commitments getting heavier and heavier, Abby moved to Adelaide to take up a basketball scholarship at Cabra Dominican College. She was just 14, and boarded with a family that was known through the school. She completed year 10 there and then in 2005 was invited to the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) at the age of 16, where she would live and breath basketball whilst completing year 11 & 12.
After 18 months living at the AIS, attending school and training/playing she decided it was time to move on and join a professional club.
Bishop has played for the following WNBL teams:
Australian Institute of Sport (2005–2006) Canberra Capitals (2006–2010) (2013-2015)
Dandenong Rangers (2010–2011)
Adelaide Lightning (2011–2012)
Abby was apart of the Seattle Storm 2010 championship team, making the final roster spot after heading over to Seattle for training camp. The storm beat Atlanta in 3 games to win the title.
In 2010 Abby made her debut for the Australian Opals after being selected in the team to compete at the World Championships in Czech Republic. Bishop was then selected in the Australian Jayco Opals Squad in preparation for the 2012 London Olympic Games and after many trial matches and training camps, she was selected in the final Olympic team. The Jayco Opals finished 3rd, and walked away with a Bronze Medal. Abby has also represented Australia at junior level, playing at the World Championships for u/19's in Tunisia 2005, Slovakia 2007 and also the u/21's in Moscow in 2007.
Abby has also played abroad in France for a full season in 2012/2013 and short contracts in Hungary, Pécs and Miskolc.
Abby's not only a full time profession athlete, she is also mum to her niece Zala.
In 2013 life changed very quickly for then 24 year old Bishop. Abby took Zala home from hospital when she was 2 days old, and then attended court a couple of days after so she could take Zala back to Canberra, instead of Zala going into foster care in NT.
She was given 12 months legal care, before returning to the courts in 2015 to be granted legal guardianship of Zala until she is 18 years old.
Abby was recently named the WNBL MVP for the 14/15 season and was also selected in the all star five.