Samoan Speedster: Johnny Key Brings Home Bronze Medal for Samoa in Pacific Games


In a thrilling display of athleticism and determination, 20-year-old Johnny Key secured a Bronze medal for Samoa at the Pacific Games for the 100m Final. The victory comes as Australia dominated the competition, securing both the Gold and Silver medals in the event.

Competing for the first time in the Pacific Games, Johnny Key exhibited exceptional skill and speed, earning a place on the podium in a field of tough contenders. Hailing from the vibrant villages of Vaitoloa, Apia, and Vaitele, Key’s achievement is a source of pride for his local community and the entire nation. Johnny Key attended St Joseph’s College and was crowned the Champ of Champs king in 2021 after winning both 100m and 200m events.

Left to right: Lachlan Kennedy, Calab Law and Johnny Key

The young athlete, visibly overwhelmed by his success, admitted that he found it challenging to put his emotions into words, expressing that this victory was a profound and indescribable moment for him. Winning a medal at the prestigious Pacific Games holds special significance, marking an incredible milestone in Key’s athletic career, hinting at a bright future on the track for Johnny Key.

Notably, Key expresses gratitude and praising God for giving him the strength and resilience to persevere through the challenges he faces. The young athlete emphasized the importance of faith and community support in achieving remarkable feats.

The Bronze medalist’s accomplishment is not only a victory for himself but also a source of inspiration for aspiring athletes across Samoa. Johnny Key’s journey from Vaitoloa, Apia, and Vaitele to the Pacific Games podium serves as a beacon of hope and motivation for the local sports community, illustrating that with dedication, talent, and community support, dreams can indeed become a reality.

Brisin Manu Retzlaff-Lima