YOUNG ATHLETES GET TIPS FROM JOHNSON

YOUNG ATHLETES GET TIPS FROM JOHNSON

Patrick Johnson was in Port Moresby last weekend for the SP Sports Awards.  Australia’s ‘fastest man’ also took time to meet PNG’s aspiring athletes.

Although he had a busy schedule last Saturday, Johnson called in to meet PNG’s athletes who will be competing at the Pacific Games. He shared his experiences on what preparations they need to follow to maintain a consistent high level in their respective sport.

He then visited a group of youngsters that make up the Port Moresby Athletics club and gave a few handy tips out at the Korobosea International School.

Patrick Johnson is a dual Olympian who grew up in the Far North Queensland, raised on a fishing trawler. He began his athletics career in 1996 at the Australian University Games in Canberra.

Johnson is the current Oceania and Australian record holder in the 100 meters with a time of 9.93 seconds achieved in Mito, Japan, on 5th May 2003. The time has made him the 17th fastest man in history at that time.

He reached the finals in both the 100 and 200 meters at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 200m final in the 2005 World Championships, where he finished 6th.

Johnson has enjoyed Commonwealth Games success winning bronze in the 4 x 100m relay, in 2002 and silver in the same race in 2010 as a heat runner.

Johnson has enjoyed Commonwealth Games success winning bronze in the 4 x 100m relay, in 2002 and silver in the same race in 2010 as a heat runner.

Born in 26th September 1972, Patrick is of Indigenous and of Irish descent . He is indigenous diplomat, currently working in three jobs for AMSANT (Aborginal Medical Service Aliiance Northern Terrirory) running a Leadership program, ABC presenter for radio Granstand Sport & Coach for the Outback, running the remote athletics program and living in Darwin.