5 Minutes with Josh Hose

Josh is a Footscray local and champion athlete, winning gold with the Australian wheelchair rugby team at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

How did you get involved in wheelchair rugby?
In Australia Day 2005, I was in a car with mates when the driver lost control. The accident left me with quadriplegia. I tried wheelchair rugby during my rehabilitation and I really liked how physical the game was.

What is wheelchair rugby?
Wheelchair rugby incorporates elements of basketball, handball and ice hockey and is designed specifically for quadriplegic athletes. Played on a basketball court, the sport is fast paced, with teams given time limits to get the ball across court and score a try.

How did the Aussie team qualify for the Paralympics?
I was selected for the national team in 2009. Later that year we beat the Kiwis to win gold at the Asia-Oceania Championships, which was a qualifying tournament for the World Championships in Vancouver. We went through to the final unbeaten but missed out on gold to the US team by only seven points. The loss really drove us. We won the Paralympics qualifying tournament in Seoul last year.

How long have you lived in Footscray?
I moved here about three and half years ago from Camperdown (a country town in South-West Victoria), so I could focus on my training. I can’t see myself leaving – Footscray has great food and it’s so close to the city.

What’s next for Josh Hose?
We have a tournament in Denmark in March 2013. Then back to Europe for the 2014 World Championships. Then it’s Rio de Janero in 2016 for the next Paralympics.

If you’d like Josh to speak at your organisation or school about his journey to the Paralympics, contact him via email joshhose@hotmail.com.

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