Josh Hose

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Josh Hose
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2016 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Hose
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born (1986-12-01) 1 December 1986 (age 31)
Camperdown, Victoria
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Country Australia
Sport Wheelchair rugby
Disability class 3.0
Event(s) Team
Club Wheelchair Sports Australia
Team Victorian Thunder

Joshua Anthony "Josh" Hose, OAM (born 1 December 1986) is a wheelchair rugby player. He has won gold medals 2012 London and 2016 Rio Paralympics.[1]


Joshua Anthony Hose was born on 1 December 1986 in Camperdown, Victoria.[2][3][4][5][6] On 26 January 2005 (Australia Day), he was involved in a car accident[5] that left him a C6 – C7 Paraplegic; he dislocated a vertebra when the roof of his car collapsed after a rollover.[3] He ended up spending two weeks in a medically induced coma during his recovery.[7] His subsequent paralysis is from the waist down.[7] Growing up, he played cricket, football and basketball.[7] He moved to Melbourne in mid-2008,[7] and resides there as of 2016[8] where he attends university[3][2] and works as a motivational speaker.[2]

Wheelchair rugby[edit]

Hose at the 2012 London Paralympics

Hose is a 3.0 point wheelchair rugby player.[2][4] He is a member of Wheelchair Sports Australia,[2] the Victoria state wheelchair rugby team,[3] and plays for the Victorian Thunder in the National Wheelchair Rugby League.[9] As of 2012, he has a scholarship with the Victorian Institute of Sport[10] and was also supported by Victoria's Disability Sport and Recreation.[11] He trains at the Victorian Institute of Sport and in the cities of Kew, Caroline Springs and Box Hill.[2]

Hose watched the 2008 Summer Paralympics wheelchair rugby matches and some local games, and it inspired him to take up the sport after seeing an opportunity to play while rehabbing in Victoria.[5][7]

National team[edit]

Hose made his national team debut in 2009 at the Asia Oceania championships,[5][2] after being selected for the team in May.[7] He played in the 2010 World Championships[5][2] where Australia finished second.[3] That year, he also represented Australia at the 4 Nations event and the Canada Cup.[2] In 2011, Hose was regularly flying between Brisbane and Melbourne to train with the national team in Brisbane.[8]

Hose trained with the national team in 2012 at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre.[12][13] In May 2012, he participated in a test series against Japan in Sydney.[14][15] He was part of the Australian team at the 2012 Canada Cup.[15] His team finished first at the London hosted 2012 Paralympic Test Event.[5] He was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in wheelchair rugby[4][16][17] in May 2012 before the start of the Opening Ceremony of the International Wheelchair Rugby Test Series.[5] The Games were his first.[5] Going into London, his team was ranked second in the world behind the United States.[5] He was part of the team that won the gold medal.[18] The Australian team went through the five-day tournament undefeated.[19] He was a member of the Australian team that won its first world championship gold medal at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships at Odense, Denmark. .

He was a member of the team that retained its gold medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics after defeating the United States 59–58 in the final. [20]

He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the 2014 Australia Day Honours "for service to sport as a Gold Medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games."[6]


  1. ^ "Steelers aim to maintain their reign in Rio". Australian Paralympic Committee News. 25 July 2016. Archived from the original on 29 August 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Josh Hose". Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS). 2012. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Josh Hose" (PDF). Australia: Independence Australia. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Josh Hose". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Hose realises London dream". Camperdown Chronicle. 8 May 2012. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Australia Day honours list 2014: in full". Daily Telegraph. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Andrew Thomson (21 October 2009). "Aussie selection for rising wheelchair rugby star". The Warrnambool Standard. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Meagan Rooth (26 May 2011). "Honour for Paralympic wheelchair rugby hopeful". The Warrnambool Standard. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Player statistics for Josh Hose (3.0)". SportingPulse. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Victorian Athletes Selected for London Olympics and Paralympics". VicSport. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Latest News". Disability Sport and Recreation. Archived from the original on 21 June 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Stathi Paxinos (29 February 2012). "Rock'n'roll rugby: world's best player rolls with the punches". Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Aussie Wheelchair Rugby". Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  14. ^ Michelmore, Karen (4 May 2012). "Australia's Steelers smash and crash their way to London –". ABC Sydney – Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  15. ^ a b Kate Butler (9 May 2012). "Hose dares to dream of Paralympics glory". The Warrnambool Standard. Retrieved 31 July 2012. [permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Australian Wheelchair Rugby Team announced for London 2012". Wheelchair Sports NSW. Archived from the original on 9 April 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Australian Steelers team named for London 2012". National Wheelchair Rugby League. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Mixed Wheelchair Rugby – Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby". Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  19. ^ "Batt stars as Australia win gold". Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 9 September 2012. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  20. ^ Lees, Chris (19 September 2016). "Steelers double up with Paralympics gold". Sunshine Coast Daily. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 

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