Jason Gardener MBE

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Sprint Champion & President, UK Athletics

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Jason powered his way to gold in Athens 2004 as part of the 4x100m relay team. He was also World Indoor Champion at 60m. Since deciding to hang up his spikes, Jason has worked with UK athletics and the Youth Sport Trust. Speaking to corporate audiences he outlines a long and difficult journey to Olympic victory, and what it takes to succeed in an elite team: “Make the most of your talent, seize every opportunity, learn to bounce back and plan to peak at exactly the right moment.”


One of the UK’s greatest sprinters, Jason Gardener won gold in the 4x100m relay at the Athens Olympics the same year that he became World Indoor Champion over 60m. He is one of the select few to have run 100m in under 10 seconds.

For fourteen years Jason Gardener represented Great Britain at the highest level in the world of athletics and was British team captain on numerous occasions. During an illustrious career he held Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European titles.

After retiring from track and field, Jason sought further challenges including coaching elite sportspeople and becoming a non-executive Director of UK Athletics, later becoming President of the governing body. He has also moonlighted as a Sunday Telegraph columnist, broadcast for the BBC and Sky, advised Red Bull on brand strategy and taken up a role with the Youth Sport Trust.

Jason was a member of the successful bid team, alongside Lord Coe and Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson, that won the rights to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London. The bid was crucial in fulfilling the legacy promise of the Olympic stadium and protecting the future of athletics in the UK.

Speaking to conference audiences, Jason authoritatively and inspiringly describes the long and difficult journey to Olympic victory, and what it takes to succeed in an elite team. Touching on the planning, dedication, discipline and sacrifice required to be the best, Jason distils it down to making the most of your talent, seizing every opportunity, learning to bounce back and planning to peak at exactly the right moment. He also looks at how these lessons have been applied in his organisational and administration roles.

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