Months after taking home a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, Londoner Damian Warner has been honoured with this year’s Outstanding London Ambassador Award.
The City of London announced the award Friday, lauding Warner as a “decathlete who captured the heart of our nation.”
Warner’s supporters, the announcement note, include a team of local coaches and medical experts, including teachers and coaches from Western Unviersity and Montcalm and Oakridge secondary schools.
In 2015, Warner won the gold medal at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, as well as a silver at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing.
Though he’s looking ahead to the 2020 Summer, Warner can rest on his own laurels as a Canadian record holder.
“Damian Warner is the perfect choice to be named the first recipient of the Outstanding London Ambassador Award,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “His dedication to sport, his pride in London and his generosity to our community are all hallmarks of a true ambassador.”
Ward 3 Councillor Mo Salih was the champion of the ward, noting how fitting it is that Warner is this year’s recipient.
“Damian Warner is London,” said Salih. “Warner is known around the world and now as our first London Ambassador recipient will continue to proudly represent all of us as he continues to make waves across the country and world.”
To Warner–who still maintains his London roots–the award isn’t dwarfed by his other myriad accomplishments.
“I am truly honoured to be the first recipient of this award,” he said. “The London community has always been, and continues to be, a huge supporter of me and my career. Without that support I would never have been able to make it to the Olympics. I am so thankful and humbled for such an amazing recognition.”
The Outstanding London Ambassador Award is presented annually to an individual, business or organization that demonstrates, through their actions, an outstanding contribution to bringing a positive national and international recognition to London.
The award will be presented to Warner at Monday’s council meeting at 6:20 p.m.