Quick Facts

How acquired
Car accident
Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
Wheelchair Rugby
Date of Birth
December 1, 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


On Australia Day in 2005, 18-year-old Josh Hose was a passenger in a car when the driver lost control. The accident left him with serious spinal cord damage, swelling on his brain and two collapsed lungs, which put his life on a course he could never have predicted.

After two weeks in an induced coma and a six-hour operation to realign his spine, Josh found himself having to find a new direction in his life.

Josh was first introduced to wheelchair rugby while he was a patient at a Rehabilitation Centre, where he spent many months recovering from his accident.

After watching the Victorian team train, he was immediately attracted to the physical nature of the sport and used his new found passion as an incentive to speed up his recovery process.

Josh soon found himself progressing through the playing ranks in his home state of Victoria and it wasn’t long until he started making a name for himself at a national and international level.

He made his Australian debut in 2008 and although he missed selection for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, he has gone on to taste success at the highest level.

Josh was an integral member of the Australian wheelchair rugby team that created history by winning the gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

And after becoming the first Australian Team to win Paralympic gold in the sport, the Steelers were also able to end their World Championship drought, two years later in Denmark, by defeating Canada in the gold medal match. Josh played a prominent role throughout the tournament.

Away from rugby, Josh is an accomplished motivational speaker who delivers strong messages to businesses, schools and community groups about road safety, goal setting and overcoming challenges.

He is also a big music fan and keen follower of NBA basketball, with Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant among his favourite players.

Outside of sport, he loves to spend time with his friends, and lists Family Guy as his favourite TV show.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair Rugby Classification: 3.0