Cooma's Josh Alford picked up an impressive eight gold medals at the Australian School Sports Championships in Adelaide last month.
Representing NSW All Schools team at the championships in the multi class events, Alford was in blitzing form winning five individual gold and three gold in relays.
On the back of his good form in New Caledonia at the World Championships Alford again swam Personal Best times in all but one event.
Along the way he picked up five Australian Age multi class records for these times in the 50 metre and 100 metre Freestyle, 50 metre Butterfly, 200 metre Freestyle and 200 metre Medley races.
Alford also competed in three Relay events helping the team to take gold in all three events.
One of the relay events he swam was for the ACT team. Alford has a lot of friends in the ACT due to his training commitments there at present and he accepted an invitation to swim for the ACT team in the 9 x 50 metre mixed age both multiclass and mainstream handicap race.
Alford was presented with two certificates by School Sports Australia for achieving Championship records at the meet.
The first event that he broke the previous records was the boys 16-19 years 100 metre Freestyle in a time of 57.62 seconds. This record was previously held by Daniel Fox of Queensland and set in 2009 in Perth.
The other event was the boys 16-19 years 50 metre Freestyle in a time of 26.45 seconds. This record was previously held by Michael Anderson of NSW and was set in 2006 in Sydney. The time he swam was very close to a World Record.
Alford is now looking forward to attempting to break more records both Australian and World in the pool.
Alford's club coach David Murphy was at the meet coaching the ACT team and was impressed with Alford's results and his improvement on the back of the INAS World Swimming Championships.
Murphy gave Alford a week off training and currently he is back in the pool preparing for the busy upcoming summer season in readiness for the 2014 Australian Age and Open meets in Brisbane and Sydney respectively.
Alford will be competing in the NSW Long Course Multi Class Championships on October 26 at the SOPAC in Sydney.
He would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support over the past year and in particular his coaches David Murphy, Michelle Thomas, Gavin Stewart (Aust Team coach) and Yuriy Vdovychenko (Paralympic coach AIS).
He also says thanks to his sponsors Anytime Fitness Cooma and the team for all their hard work with his strengthening and conditioning training.