Patrick Johnson the current Australian world record holder for the 100metre sprint with a time of 9.93 seconds. Now that’s fast! We were lucky enough to catch up with Patrick to chat about his Olympic experience at the Sydney 2000 games, and his current role at the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA).
You represented Australia at many events including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. What is it like to be a part of such an iconic international event?
It is such a honour to represent your country, your people and the family. Also knowing through your passion, hard work and commitment. “anything is possible”.
In May 2004, you ran the 100m in under 10 seconds and still hold the record of 9.93 seconds today. How did it feel at the time to break the record?
Relief and joy. Showing Australia and the rest of the world that true talent is in Australia. Through nurturing and support we can and will break any glass ceiling or barrier.
You’re currently the co-ordinator for Athletes as Role Models (ARMtour) at the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA). Who inspires you?
I am always inspired through contact with all peoples of this world. Especially with people in the remote communities we visit (Papunya, Yuelamu, Santa Teresa, Ntaria) and the role models who volunteer their time. “True inspiration is knowing you can better yourself and others from the people you meet in life”.
As a well-known athlete and former Olympian, do you feel a particular responsibility to be a good role model for Indigenous Australians?
As an individual I believe we are all responsible to be a good role model (lead by example). We have one life to live and I wish to be remember that I did my best and hopefully along the way, helped others.
You’ve also had success away from the track both academically and professionally, why did you think it as important to gain an education as well as excel in your chosen sport?
I believe education is one of the major contributors to succeeding in each individuals life’s. Knowledge is the first step in truly living and creating your own footprints. One of the major attributes to my success was to live my passion and embrace the fear of the unknown and to challenge myself.
And finally, what events are you most looking forward to at this year’s Games? Are there any particular athletes you’ll be watching?
I always look forward to watching all of Australian’s exceptional athletes at the Olympics. In particular Usain Bolt in the 100 & 200 metres.