London’s own Olympic Decathlete Damian Warner was honoured Monday night by London City Council.
Warner, who won bronze at this summer’s Olympics in Rio, was named the first ever recipient of the Outstanding London Ambassador Award last week.
“I takes a lot of pride saying that I’m from London, Ontario,” said Warner.
“No matter where I am, at the World Championships, a training camp, anywhere around the world, I do take a lot of pride, just because I know how much the people of London, Ontario have supported me throughout my career, and I know that none of it would have been possible without a whole bunch of people. When they say it takes a village, that true, and in my case it takes a city.”
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The 27-year-old noted the support he receives from the London community goes a long way.
“It helps a lot, and I think it’s a small gesture when people just walking down the street, or being on the bus, people come up to you and say congratulations, or good luck at your next competition. It just takes a little time, and it does mean a lot to me knowing that I’m representing a lot of people.”
Along with his bronze medal win in Rio, the Canadian record-holder in the decathlon has also won gold at the Pan American Games. In 2014, he won gold at the Commonwealth Games.
Councillor Mo Salih proposed the creation of the Outstanding London Ambassador Award to recognize an individual, business or organization that demonstrates through their actions, an outstanding contribution to bringing positive national and international recognition to London.