Joe Ingles made his Olympic debut in Beijing 2008 as a 20-year-old. Ingles represented South Australia in basketball at a young age and moved to the AIS in 2005 on a scholarship. He played in the 2005 AYOF for Australia alongside Patrick Mills. Ingles debuted in the NBL for the Souths Dragons in 2006 and made his first national team in 2007. He was a starting player for the Boomers in the 2010 World Championships.
He went on to compete at his second Olympic competition at the London 2012 Games. With Australia losing their opening two preliminary matches to Brazil and Spain, they went on to defeat China, hosts Great Britain and Russia to set up a quarter-final match against the USA. The Australians went down 119-86 to the eventual gold medallists to finish seventh.