While riding the physical peaks and troughs of BMX, Aaron Nottle will use the experience of hockey great Liane Tooth to help guide him through the mental rollercoaster of being one of WA's next big Olympic hopes.
Bonded by the Olympic stature of their sports, the pair laughed as they admitted using Google to find out about each other after being teamed through the Sport Australia Hall of Fame scholarship and mentoring program.
Nottle, who is desperate to rekindle his national junior title-winning form after recovering from a broken foot, was one of only five applicants from a national field of 170 to win a spot in the program, which also features mentors such as Susie O'Neill, Layne Beachley, Steve Bradbury and Kieren Perkins.
Tooth was the first female hockey player to compete in four Olympic Games.
Now working in talent development and high performance in the Department of Sport and Recreation, she said she was anxious to progress her 17-year-old understudy's chances of making it to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
"I think it's a great opportunity for a young athlete to have someone that's not invested in the sport, who can offer some of their experiences," she said.
Nottle, who started riding while living in Tom Price as a child, said being chosen for the mentoring program had already inspired him.
He will be eligible for Olympic selection when he turns 19.