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Josh Hose

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
3.0

Further personal information

Residence
Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing in wheelchair rugby in 2008.
Why this sport?
He decided to take up wheelchair rugby after watching the Victoria state team training in Australia shortly after his accident. "When I saw it, I knew that I wanted to be part of it, and I was just fortunate I was able to get into it. I played all the sports before, cricket and basketball, and I wasn't elite but I loved to throw my physical weight around. I went back home for 18 months and said to myself I was going to try and get back as much function and independence as I could. I got into an independent state, moved to Melbourne and got involved in rugby."
Club / Team
Power House Rugby Union [AUS] / Victoria Thunder [AUS]:
Name of coach
Brad Dubberley [national], AUS

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Australia

General interest

Nicknames
Hosey, Josh (LinkedIn profile, 03 Aug 2021)
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)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (austin.org.au, 03 Aug 2021)
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. (austin.org.au, 03 Aug 2021; standard.net.au, 04 Nov 2016; paralympic.org.au, 01 Aug 2014)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He has worked as a peer support project officer at AQA Victoria, a not-for-profit organisation that cares for people with a range of conditions including complex neuromuscular impairments. He has also worked as a motivational speaker, including as a presenter for charity Independence Australia's SpinChat initiative, which promotes awareness of spinal cord injuries. (LinkedIn profile, 03 Aug 2021)