Once a promising able-bodied basketballer, Joshua ‘Truck’ Allison competed in the South East Australian Basketball League for two years in his early 20s. However, in 2011 he fell more than two metres through a handrail at his home in Croydon and, paralysed from the chest down, he returned to the court in 2013 to test his skills in wheelchair basketball.

From there he experienced a meteoric rise to fame, culminating in his debut for Australia in a friendly tournament in Belgium in 2014 and his selection for the IWBF World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Incheon, South Korea later that year, where the Rollers won gold. Achieving a 6-point win over the USA in the final, Joshua lists this among his greatest sporting moments to date.

Training every day from 2014, Joshua’s efforts were validated in June 2016 when he was selected to tour Great Britain for the 2016 Continental Clash, …

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Date of birth
27 March 1986
Wheelchair basketball
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
Croydon, VIC
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Representing Australia

Greatest sporting moments

Winning gold at the 2014 IWBF World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in Incheon, South Korea

Heroes/role models

His dad


  • Sport: Wheelchair basketball Classification: 1.0

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