Cooma's Josh Alford has returned from the Inas Swimming World Championships in Noumea with a haul of medals, including Gold and a world title under his belt.
The 18-year-old swimming sensation was one of five members of the Swimming Australia development squad sent to compete at the Championships.
Inas is the International Federation for sport for athletes with an intellectual disability within the Paralympic movement.
Australia finished second on the medal table behind Hong Kong with five Gold, three Silver and six Bronze medals.
Alford won seven of the medals for his country with an outstanding performance in the pool.
Supported by his family who were in Noumea cheering him on, Alford competed in a wide range of events from 50m Freestyle to the 1.5km Open Water swim, winning one Gold, two Silver and four Bronze medals.
Determined to win Gold in the 50m Freestyle, Alford withdrew from the 200m Individual Medley to concentrate on the 50m Final. Unfortunately he finished second in a close finish.
He may have left it to the last minute, but he was able to complete his set of medals with a win in the Open Water swim, the first time it had been contested at the Championships, held on the last day of competition.
Alford, who swims and trains with the Tuggeranong Vikings swim club in Canberra, travelling to Canberra 3-4 times a week training in the afternoon/evening, is now preparing for his next event.
His next major event is the Australian Schools Swimming Championships held in Adelaide from September 8-14.