The ‘Bath Bullet’ Jason Gardener to be honoured by University of Bath

Olympic Gold Medallist Jason Gardener MBE is to receive an honorary degree in recognition of his distinguished sporting career from the University of Bath.

The Olympic Gold Medallist, World and European Indoor champion will be presented with an honorary degree at a special ceremony at The Edge, on the University’s Claverton campus, on Friday 23 June.

Jason is a local resident and was born and brought up in Bath where he attended Beechen Cliff School and City of Bath College, before graduating with a BA (Hons) in Media Communications and Sociology from Bath Spa University in 2003.

The ‘Bath Bullet’ first started training at the University of Bath in 1997, coached by Dave Lease. In 2002, Jason began training under the watchful eye of Malcolm Arnold OBE, one of the most successful athletics coaches in the UK and a fellow honorary graduate of the University of Bath.

Under Malcolm Arnold’s tutelage, Jason went on to become the 2004 Athens 4x100m relay Olympic Gold Medallist, 2004 Budapest 60m World Indoor champion and four time 60m European Indoor Gold Medallist (2000, 2002, 2005, 2007). Jason is also a member of the exclusive sub-10 second club for 100m having clocked a personal best of 9.98 seconds.

In 2004, Jason was made an Honorary Freeman of the City of Bath and was inducted into the University of Bath’s Hall of Fame for Sport, and was awarded an MBE for services to athletics in 2005.

Jason retired in 2007, the same year his wife Nancy gave birth to their second child. Following hanging up his running shoes, Jason has continued his close relationship with the University as Chair of the University’s Athletes’ Forum, and was heavily involved in supporting Bath in hosting Olympic and Paralympic teams at its Sport Training Village for the 2012 London Olympics pre-training camps.

Jason is currently President of UK Athletics and also runs his own marketing consultancy agency, specialising in the Olympic and mainstream sports market. He has worked with some of the world’s most renowned brands including Red Bull, Puma and Oakley as well as organisations such as Youth Sport Trust, UK Sport, Camelot, RELAYS and the University itself.

He is also a highly successful motivational speaker delivering engaging and inspiring speeches working with high profile clients such as Lloyds TSB and BUPA.

Jason Gardener MBE said: “I am delighted and honoured to be chosen to receive an honorary degree from the University of Bath for services to sport. I owe much of my successes to many people from the city of Bath and support staff at the University who have played an integral part in enabling me to reach the highest level in my sport, for which I am truly very thankful.”

Director of Sport at the University of Bath Stephen Baddeley added: “Perhaps the most important thing to say about Jason is how genuinely liked he is around the Sports Training Village to which he is a regular visitor. He is respected by our sporting community for his achievements and immensely popular amongst staff and members for his warm, friendly and charming character. I am delighted that he is being honoured with this well-deserved accolade.”

Bookmark with:

What is this?

We are one of the UK's leading universities with an international reputation for quality research and teaching. Our Mission is to deliver world class research and teaching, educating our graduates to become future leaders and innovators, and benefiting the wider population through our research, enterprise and influence. Our courses are innovative and interdisciplinary and we have an outstanding record of graduate employment.