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Josh O’Neill

Bio: After being introduced to the sport of wheelchair rugby in 2009, Josh O’Neill knew immediately that it was going to be the Para sport for him. After all, he has always been a bit of a daredevil. O’Neill comes from a long line of racecar drivers, and as a kid, he raced go-karts. An accident on his 16th birthday resulted in a broken neck and halted his racing career. While in rehab, he, like so many other wheelchair rugby athletes, watched the Academy Award-nominated documentary, Murderball, and instantly fell in love with the sport. Three years after being introduced to the sport, O’Neill started playing for the University of Arizona Wildcats. Joined by future USAWR teammates, he trained and honed his athletic skills, eventually being invited to try out for the national training squad, but it would take several years for him to make the final cut. 2022 was a big year for O’Neill. In addition to making his first national training squad roster, O’Neill made his international debut at the Americas Championship in Medellin, Colombia, helping the team bring home gold. After a stellar introduction on the world stage, he went on represent USA at Tri Nations in Birmingham, AL and the 2022 Wheelchair Rugby World Championship in Vejle, Denmark. The team left Denmark with a silver medal, and O’Neill left an impact, being named Player of the Match in the quarterfinals against Canada. While O’Neill has already accomplished a lot in his short time on USAWR, it is only the beginning for this talented newcomer. When he’s not on the court, O’Neill enjoys spending time with his family and friends and working on his business. Calling himself a student of life, you can find him listening to audiobooks or watching videos regarding business and personal growth.