Wheelchair rugby superstar Josh Hose became a quadriplegic in a car accident on Australia Day in 2005, when the driver of the car he was in lost control of the wheel, leaving him with serious spinal cord damage, swelling on the brain and two collapsed lungs.

Following two weeks in an induced coma and a six-hour operation to realign his spine, Josh began his rehabilitation, during which time he was introduced to wheelchair rugby through watching the Victorian state team train.

Using the sport to aid his recovery process, it wasn’t long before Josh carved out a name for himself on the court, just missing selection for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Determined to compete four years later in London, Josh represented Australia at the 2010 IWRF World Championship in Vancouver, Canada, and the Canada Cup in Montreal later that year.

Making his Paralympic debut at London 2012, Josh helped …

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Date of birth
1 December 1986
Wheelchair rugby
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
How acquired
Car accident
Footscray, VIC
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning back-to-back gold at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

LA Lakers winning the 2010 NBA Championship

Heroes/role models

Jobe Watson and Sarah Waugh


  • Sport: Wheelchair rugby Classification: 3.0

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