In his youth, Joshua ‘Truck’ Allison was a promising able-bodied basketballer, standing at 1.94 metres. He was a member of the Kilsyth Cobras in Victoria between 2004 and 2006, and the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) in 2006 and 2007.
In 2011, Joshua fell more than two metres through a handrail at his home in Croydon. Sustaining a fractured neck and back, and crushed spinal cord, he was paralysed from the chest down. During his rehabilitation Joshua befriended a wheelchair basketballer, and was motivated to return to the court in 2013.
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 to compete at the 2014 IWBF World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Incheon, South Korea. The Rollers took home gold, defeating the United States 63 to 57; Joshua lists this as his greatest sporting moment to date.
In 2014 he began training every day, efforts that were validated in June this year when he was selected to tour Great Britain for the 2016 Continental Clash. His impact was felt in the Netherlands match-up when he and fellow guard Matt McShane opened up the lanes at the offensive end and fed their front court. Following their defeat to the United States in Game Four, the Australian team claimed silver.
Off the court, Joshua enjoys fishing and hunting deer, and watching AMC’s cult television series The Walking Dead. He has a Certificate III in Bricklaying from Holmesglen Institute in Moorabbin, Victoria, and is a father to two children, with another on the way.
When Joshua looks ahead ten years from now, he hopes to still be playing professionally and to have a couple of Paralympic medals under his belt.