Josh Edwards-Smith (swimming) secured his place on his first Commonwealth Games team in 2022 after winning the 200m backstroke at the Australian championships, holding off reigning champion Mitch Larkin. In Birmingham, the West Australian reached the final of the 100m and 200m backstroke.
Josh started swimming at the UWA-West Coast club when he was 9, breaking multiple state records and dominating age groups in Western Australia. He claimed his first national junior title at 12 (100m backstroke), won selection on Australian junior teams in 2018 and 2019, and was named Swimming WA’s Age Swimmer of the Year in 2020. Edwards-Smith announced himself as part of the next generation of Australian swimmers at the 2021 Queensland championships by breaking the Australian 18 years age record for the 200m backstroke previously held by Larkin.
Josh moved to the Gold Coast in 2021 to train under Michael Bohl at Griffith University where he is studying for a Bachelor of Business.
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