Joshua Alford was born in Canberra and has now returned to pursue a career in swimming at the Australian Institute of Sport. He learned to swim when he was three-years-old but did not take it up competitively until 2014. Growing up in Cooma, Joshua also developed a passion for snowboarding, and the New South Wales snow fields have become his go-to holiday destination. At the 2014 Australian Swimming Championships in Brisbane, Joshua set new personal bests in the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle and 50m backstroke events, securing him five finals berths. In the 200m freestyle final Joshua recorded another personal best that was nearly six seconds under the qualifying time. Joshua made his Australian Swim Team and Commonwealth Games debut when he was 18-years-old at the 2014 Glasgow Games. He competed in the 200m freestyle S14 heat and because there were only seven entrants, he progressed to the… Read More

Quick Facts

How acquired
Intellectual Impairment
Date of Birth
May 25, 1995
Bruce, ACT
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Rio 2016


His coach Yuriy Vdovychenko

Career Highlights

Selection to represent Australia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-swimming Disciplines: 100m Backstroke Classification: S14
  • Sport: Para-swimming Disciplines: 200m Freestyke Classification: S14
  • Sport: Para-swimming Disciplines: 200m Individual medley Classification: SM14