City Council has declared Damian Warner this year’s recipient of the annual Outstanding London Ambassador Award.
Warner is a Canadian decathlete, who captured the heart of our nation when he achieved an Olympic Bronze Medal at this summer’s XXXI Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A native of London, Warner is supported by an extensive local coaching, medical and strength team; including high school teachers/coaches from Montcalm Secondary School, Oakridge Secondary School and the Head Coach of the Track and Field Team at Western University. In 2015, Warner won the gold medal at the Pan American Games and the decathlon silver at the IAAF World Championships Beijing. He is the current Canadian record holder in the decathlon and now has his sights set to be in Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
“Damian Warner is the perfect choice to be named the first recipient of the Outstanding London Ambassador Award,” says Mayor Matt Brown. “His dedication to sport, his pride in London and his generosity to our community are all hallmarks of a true ambassador.”
“Damian Warner is London!” says Mo Salih, Councillor, Ward 3, who first proposed creation of the award. “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.”
“I am truly honoured to be the first recipient of this award,” says Damian Warner. “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.