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HOSE Joshua
Sport Para athletics, Wheelchair Rugby
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age33
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T52
Further Personal Information
Residence
Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Languages
English
General Interest
Nicknames
Hosey, Josh (starweekly.com.au, 28 Jan 2014; vwrl.org.au, 27 Mar 2012)
Hobbies
Working out, keeping fit. (spire.org.au, 01 Jan 2019)
Hero / Idol
US basketballer Kobe Bryant, British adventurer Bear Grylls. (paralympic.org.au, 01 Aug 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2014 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] for his services to sport, following his achievements in wheelchair rugby. (starweekly.com.au, 28 Jan 2014)
Other sports
He has represented Australia in wheelchair rugby, winning gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games, and the world championships in 2014. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 May 2019)
Impairment
He has quadriplegia after being involved in a car accident on the way to Port Campbell, VIC, Australia, on Australia Day in 2005. He was a passenger in the vehicle when the driver lost control. He suffered serious spinal cord damage, swelling on his brain and two collapsed lungs. He was in an induced coma for two weeks and required a six-hour operation to realign his spine. (standard.net.au, 04 Nov 2016; paralympic.org.au, 01 Aug 2014)
Other information
WHEELCHAIR RUGBY CAREER
He began competing in wheelchair rugby in 2008, inspired by the Paralympic Games in Beijing. He went on to compete at two Paralympic Games in the sport, before taking up Para athletics. "When I was at rehabilitation I saw the [wheelchair] rugby team training at the gymnasium. I didn't know if there were any physical sports I could play, let alone sports in general, so when I saw the physical nature of the sport I was immediately drawn to it. Being a social lad I love being in groups and the whole team environment." (standard.net.au, 04 Nov 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Wheelchair Rugby
Rank Year Event Result
1 2012 Team  
1 2016 Team  
World Championships - Wheelchair Rugby
Rank Year Event Result
2 2010 Team  
1 2014 Team