COOMA swimming sensation Josh Alford has returned to Australia with five gold medals around his neck, after dominating the Brazil Para Swimming Championships in Sao Paulo.
Josh competed in Brazil as part of a 12 member Australian contingent, who finished the championships in second place on the medal tally.
He won gold in the 50 metre freestyle and backstroke, as well as the 100m freestyle, 200m medley and the 200m freestyle. Josh also raced in the 100m breaststroke, where he finished 6th.
The championships allowed Josh to be put through classification for international competition, where he was issued with his licence to compete in all International Paralympic events.
Josh flew from Sao Paulo to Rio to see how preparations were going for the Rio 2016 Games.
Josh reported the swimming pool is still under construction and was nowhere near being finished.
He trained in an outdoor pool in Rio during the visit which provided a view of the statue of Jesus.
There is no time to rest for Josh with two upcoming Swimming Australia meets and training camps in Brisbane, in readiness for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow later this year.
He will be inducted into the Australian team as a rookie member at a function in June.
Dave Murphy coaches Josh and was impressed with his speed in the pool. Murphy was informed Josh would be undertaking his training at the Australian Institute of Sport, taking him away from the Tuggeranong Vikings Swim Club.
Josh wishes to thank the Cooma community for all their congratulatory messages he received, since his selection in the Commonwealth team. He extends his thanks to the team at Anytime Fitness Cooma for their ongoing support and sponsorship.
Josh also sends a big hello to the Cooma Swim Club.