Mr Gardener's role as a Team UK ambassador is important to motivate and support Team UK in the run up to the WorldSkills competition.
He gave a motivational speech to the members of Team UK before they began competition at the event, outlining the similarities between his experiences and the challenges they will face when competing against teams of skilled workers from around the world.
Mr Gardener said: "This is competition at its highest level, it doesn't get any higher than a world championships. The margins between success and failure at this level are absolutely minimal.
"These are the very best young people with skills that the UK has to offer. They have gone through a rigorous challenge to actually make it on to Team UK and we are very hopeful of coming away from this competition with numerous gold, silver and bronze medals."
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