Josh Hose

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Quick Facts

How acquired
Car accident
Date of Birth
Mon, 01/12/1986
Footscray, VIC
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience
London 2012
Kobe Bryant and Bear Grylls
Career Highlights
Winning silver at the 2010 World Championships, gold at London 2012
Greatest Moment
LA Lakers winning the 2010 NBA Championship


From Camperdown in country Victoria, Josh Hose is one of the rising stars of Australian wheelchair rugby.

On Australia Day in 2005 Josh was a passenger in a car with his mates when the driver lost control. As a result of the accident, Josh was left with serious spinal damage, putting his life on a course he could never have predicted. After two weeks in an induced coma, a six-hour operation to realign his spine and recovering from two collapsed lungs, Josh’s world as he knew it was turned upside down.

Ever the competitor, he began playing the sport as part of his rehabilitation and has since become one of the leading players for his state team, the Victorian Thunder.

His outstanding form in national form eventually caught the eye of selectors and he was named in the Australian train-on squad for the 2009 Asia-Oceania Zone Championships.

Since then, Josh has maintained his position in the side, competing in all major tournaments in 2010 and 2011as a valuable 3-point player.

Josh loves basketball and looks up to LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant for inspiration. As well as basketball, Josh has a passion for politics but concedes he needs to take a few interview tips out of the politicians’ books, after what he describes as his most embarrassing moment during his first major media interview where his mind went blank at the 2010 World Championships.

Before each game, Josh likes to compose himself with a few minutes of ‘me time’ and played a key attacking role in the team’s victory for gold over Canada at the London Games.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Wheelchair Rugby
Classification: 3.0