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Jason Gardener Athletics

9.98 Sec (100m)
20.65 Sec (200m)
10.29 (100m Indoor) – British Record
6.46 (60m Indoor)

4x100m Olympic Champion 2004
60m World Indoor Champion 2004
60m European Indoor Champion x4

2006 GB Commonwealth Games captain

33 year old Jason is one of the UK and Europe’s all time great sprinters. The 2004 World Indoor 60m Champion; 4 times, European Indoor 60m Champion, achieved one of his ultimate ambitions in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games by winning Gold in the 4 x 100m relay just months after undergoing an operation to repair a double hernia. For his services to athletics he was awarded an MBE in the 2005 New Year’s Honours and has been made an Honorary Freeman of the City of Bath. He can also claim to be a member of the very select sub-10 second club for 100m, have clocked 9.98 seconds for the distance in 1999.

During his 12 year international career, Jason had to work hard on many occasions to get back into world class shape after injuries and operations caused setbacks. His perseverance and self belief kept him on track, winning championships right into the twilight years of his career. He was made the men’s team captain at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne Australia.

The high regard in which Jason is held was evident at his last outdoor race in the UK when the vast majority of a capacity Crystal Palace crowd stayed late into the evening to give him a standing ovation.

Jason is a well educated and articulate person and is establishing himself as a respected sports consultant.

He has taken up consulting roles for the Youth Sport Trust and Red Bull. He was recently appointed a Non Executive Director on the Board of UK Athletics and is a performance advisor for UK Athletics for junior relay squads.

Jason is also working as Director for the British Athletes Commission.

In 2007 he was signed up by Faith Menswear to be the face of its first ever range of men’s shoes.

Prior to the Beijing Olympic Games Jason was signed up to write a series of first person columns for the Sunday Telegraph Sports pages – never shying away from voicing his opinions on the state of the sport and his vehement opposition to the use of performance enhancing drugs in sport.

Jason has interests including cars, motor racing and photography, and is vice president of the Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital, Bath. He has a media degree, has appeared on many TV shows including BBC’s Blue Peter and A Question of Sport, and has conducted interviews for BBC Grandstand and ITV West News. He has gained a reputation as an inspiring speaker able to pass on valuable tips about self confidence, perseverance and ultimate achievement.


“Jason’s speech was engaging and entertaining and succeeded in captivating a large and lively audience. The feedback that we received from the attendees was excellent – they thoroughly enjoyed listening to the words of an Olympic champion”
Pete Ambrose, Marketing Services Manager British Olympics Association

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