JOHNSON TO BE SPORTS AWARDS GUEST SPEAKER

Australia’sfastest man’ is coming to PNG as the guest speaker at this year’s SP Sports Awards that will be held on the 24th May in Port Moresby.

Patrick Johnson is a dual Olympian who grew up in the Far North Queensland, born on a speed boat and 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. Also Johnson was the first person of non-Africa descent to break the 10 seconds for the 100 meters.

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.

Born in 26th September 1972, Patrick is of Indigenous and of Irish descent . He is an  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.  He also achieved a  Bachelor of Asian Studies and is fluent in several languages.