Patrick’s Deadly Choice: Eating a healthy diet with plenty of blueberries
Patrick is a Kaanju man from Far North Queensland and was born on a speed boat en route to Cairns base hospital. He spent 12 years in elite sport, and 20 years in Ambassador, mentoring and media roles.
He is the current Oceanian and Australian record holder in the 100 metres, with a time of 9.93 seconds, achieved in Mito, Japan, on 5 May 2003. With that time he became the first person not of African ancestry to break the 10-second barrier, and the time made him the 17th fastest man in history at the time, and 38th man to break the 10-second barrier. His personal best also makes him the fastest Oceanian in history.
He reached the finals in both the 100 (5th) and 200 metres (4th) at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and reached the 200m final in the 2005 World Championships, where he finished 5th. He won a bronze medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in the 4 x 100 metres relay and represented Australia at the Olympic Games in 2000 and 2004.
Patrick has had an extensive career that includes 10 years in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and more than 20 years of advocacy work for equal rights for all Australia’s through health, education and wellbeing. He has worked for the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT) as the Indigenous Leadership project officer, supporting, developing and nurturing leaders in the 25 community controlled health services across the NT.
As well as a Deadly Choices Ambassador for Danila Dilba which promotes a healthier lifestyle, Patrick actively supports NTAthletics Remote Athletics program and worked as an expert commentator for ABC Grandstand for the Rio Olympics Games and for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018.
Patrick has a strong belief in leading by example and a passion for nurturing the development of heathy choices within individuals. The individual’s approach for wellbeing within their mind, body and spirit is crucial to provide and create strong families and communities. His personal experience of having family members pass away due to chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, has strengthened his resolve to develop leaders in health and supporting individuals to make healthy choices in life.
Favourite healthy meal: Fruit salad with plenty of blueberries.
Favourite exercise: Plyometrics (particularly two foot bounding).