Josh Alford

Swimming - 2014 

Josh was born in Canberra on 25th May 1995 and move to Nimmitabel in 1999. Josh attended Nimmitabel Primary School and Monaro High School. He was enrolled in Learn to Swim classes with Michelle Swim School in Cooma and eventually joined the Cooma Swim Club and started to attend squad with Michelle’s Swim School at the Cooma Festival Swimming Pool.

 Josh’s Major Achievements:

  • 2011 – Bronze Medal, Australian Age Multi Class Swimming Championships, Canberra 15 to 16 year old boy 50 meter Freestyle; 
  • 2012 – SNSW State Record for 17 year old boy 100 meter Freestyle s14 multi class; 
  • 2013 – NSW All Schools Sports Association State Record for Boys 16 to 19 year old 100 meter; NSW All Schools Sports Association State Record for Boys 16 to 19 year old 50 meter; Swimming Australia - Australian Record achieved in 400 meter Freestyle Mens 17 year old s14 Class 28th April Australian Swimming Championships; 
  • SNSW Short Course County Championships – Gold Medal – 50 meter Freestyle Multi Class; 
  • Australian Age Multi Class Swimming Championships – Adelaide SA – 4 Gold Medals achieved in 16 to 18 years age group – 200 Medley, 400 Freestyle, 50 Fly, 50 Freestyle; Silver Medal 16 – 18 years age group – 100 Freestyle; 
  • Bronze Medal achieved in 16 – 18 years age group – 100 Breast Stroke; 
  • INAS World Swimming Championships, representing Swimming Australia – Noumea – Gold Medal 1500mtrs Open Water, 2 Silver Medals and 4 Bronze Medals; 
  • Australian Schools Swimming Championships, Adelaide, Josh won 8 Gold Medals (5 individual events and 3 relays) from 8 events. Josh set 5 Australian Age multi class records for the 50 & 100 meter Freestyle, 50 meter Butterfly, 200 meter Freestyle and 200 meter Medley races; 
  • Josh was presented with two certificates by School Sports Australia for achieving Australian Championship Records at the meet; 
  • 2014 – Australian Open Water Multiclass 5km Silver Medal; 
  • Australian Open Swimming Championships – Commonwealth Games Selection Trials – Bronze Medal 400 meter Freestyle multi class, 3rd in 200 meter Freestyle Time Trial for s14 multiclass – Selected for Australia Commonwealth Games Team – Glasgow 2014; 
  • Brazil Para Sport Championships – 5 Gold Medals for Swimming Australia; 
  • Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, 200 meter Freestyle s14 Para sport event placed 6th in Final. 
  • First Senior representative meet for Australia; 
  • Australian Short Course Swimming Championships, Adelaide, 1 Gold Medal, 2 Bronze Medals. Josh's first Senior Gold Medal.