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The programme is designed to provide the potential stars of tomorrow with support and an expert insight into what it takes to succeed on the global stage and the 2004 world indoor 60 metres champion believes the advisors' combined wealth of experience will be "invaluable".
"You couldn't talk to them or seek advice from them at all, you couldn't get close to them, but I would have loved that opportunity to speak to people who have been to the top, heard their experiences and hear about the struggles they went through to get to the top.
Gardener added: "The kids will have specific and concentrated time with us to ask us questions no matter how silly they may be or how personal they are to the struggle they're going through rather than just trying to grab someone at an event."
GratefulTobias, Britain's 2008 Young Athlete of the Year, has been tipped for a bright future over 100m and 200m and believes Gardener's influence will be inspirational.
"It's been blatantly obvious for a long time now that UK Athletics wants medals and despite a lot of athletes reaching finals in Beijing, that needs to be turned into medals and champions for London 2012 which is just over three years away"
"It's been blatantly obvious for a long time now that UK Athletics wants medals and despite a lot of athletes reaching finals in Beijing, that needs to be turned into medals and champions for London 2012 which is just over three years away.
think we can get those returns and there is no doubting the fact that you must invest in youth here today are our future champions and this is where it all starts."
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Hansen, who retired with two world indoor golds and a Commonwealth title among her achievements, is also delighted to be part of the scheme despite admitting she was initially reluctant.
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"It'd be nice to go to 2012 and the draw of the home crowd would be amazing."
Jason Gardener is relishing the challenge of guiding promising British youngsters along the path to Olympic glory having started his new role as a performance advisor at UK Athletics.
"My involvement came a bit out of the blue really," she said. "I was contacted and almost pushed into it I suppose they thought I would have something to offer but I'm really glad that they did.
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Harry Aikines Aryeetey, a former junior athlete who went through the same programme before working his way into the senior squad, believes his rapid progress proves the system works.
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The funding of the performance advisor role is geared to preparing these selected youngsters, including Deji Tobias, for the 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships and European Junior Championships.
"I guess being an athlete for more than 20 years I'm going to have some advice and some words of wisdom that can hopefully help these guys.
He said: "Speaking to Jason Gardener was fantastic as he's a great role model and his achievements are something I can aspire to. I think the new structure of funding is a good idea because more attention can be concentrated on the athletes.
"From what I've seen it really makes me wish that I had something like this when I was their age because I really was almost in isolation as a young athlete.
London 2012 is also a longer term target and Gardener is confident the combination of experience and youth can produce medals in four years' time.
"And speaking to us gives these guys an insight into what it takes to get to the top and makes it seem a lot more accessible and achievable rather than just a distant dream. I never got to meet any international athletes until I myself was on the international scene."
"When I was young I could only see my sporting idols or my role models on television they were like the untouchables and the thought of actually meeting them was really quite unrealistic.
"These guys are the future. They've all been selected for the next level of funding despite the changes in the funding structure.
He said: "I was never always the fastest but I was encouraged and nurtured and that's what these guys need to have and all of this is all for their benefit.
"I was these kids once upon a time. I remember going to my first Great Britain training camp in Loughborough and I've been through a lot of difficulties whether it be injuries or problems with coaches or worrying about lottery funding, so I feel I've got a lot to give to these youngsters.
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InspirationThe 33 year old, who was also part of Great Britain's 4x100m gold medal winning quartet at the 2004 Athens Olympics, said: "Throughout my career I've always tried to put back as much as I can into sport to try and inspire young athletes such as the ones selected for the programme.
"I enjoyed a great deal of success in my youth and I think I owe a lot to my progress through the ranks of the talent programmes and camps."
Alongside former triple jumper Ashia Hansen, the retired sprinter joined the existing team of advisors Steve Backley, Wendy Sly and Katherine Merry this past weekend as they started work mentoring 25 up and coming athletes at the UKA World Class Talent Induction at Loughborough University.
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