Patrick Johnson is a dual Olympian who grew up in Far North Queensland, raised on a fishing trawler. He began his athletics career in 1996 at the Australian University Games in Canberra. Wearing spikes for the first time, Johnson took out the 100m sprint and was spotted by then-AIS coach Esa Peltola. Just four years later, the indigenous athlete was selected to compete at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, competing in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. Johnson made his second Olympic Team in Athens where he teamed up with Adam Basil, Paul di Bella and Joshua Ross in the 4x100m relay, finishing sixth. Johnson has enjoyed Commonwealth Games success winning bronze in the 4x100m relay in 2002 and silver in the same race in 2010 as a heat runner.