Since making his international debut in 2017, wheelchair rugby player Josh Nicholson has proved time and again why he is one to watch in the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Josh, who swapped a basketball for a rugby ball just five years ago, won his first major international medal in 2018 – silver at the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) Wheelchair Rugby World Championships in his home town of Sydney, NSW. Although this silver marked the end of a six-year reign for the Australian Steelers, the tournament was a prime opportunity for Josh to go toe-to-toe with the best wheelchair rugby players in the world, ahead of the Steelers’ Paralympic title defence in Tokyo.

For Josh, becoming a Paralympian would be the culmination of everything he has worked towards – for far longer than he has been playing wheelchair rugby. In fact, he was on track to represent …

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Date of birth
30 May 1995
Wheelchair rugby
Past Paralympic Games


Physical Impairment – Double below-elbow and above-knee limb loss
How acquired
Meningococcal disease
Wooloowin, QLD
Student, actor
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Achieving selection to the Australian team for the 2018 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship


  • Sport: Wheelchair rugby Classification: 2.0

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