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 …

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Date of birth
25 May 1995
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Intellectual Impairment
How acquired
Bruce, ACT
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Selection to represent Australia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Heroes/role models

His coach Yuriy Vdovychenko


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

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