UBC Athletics is thrilled to welcome one of the greatest Olympians in Canadian history for this year’s ZLC Financial Thunderbird 2022 Scholarship Breakfast, which will now be presented as a virtual-only event.
Damian Warner is coming off an incredible performance at the 2020 Olympics where he won gold in the decathlon and was chosen as the flag bearer in the closing ceremonies for Canada. His year was capped off after being shortlisted for the 2021 Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s Top Athlete.
Warner comes from humble beginnings in London, Ontario. and has enjoyed continued success on the international stage at all levels, bringing material back to the Commonwealth Games, Pan American Championships and World Championships. His many accolades include multiple Olympic medals, 3 world championship medals and an Olympic record.
Introducing Canada’s Athlete of the Year… @DamianWarner ??????
After becoming #TeamCanadaFirst Olympic decathlon champion at Tokyo 2020, Damian Warner has another title to add to his list??
— Team Canada (@TeamCanada) December 8, 2021
Born on November 4, 1989, to a single mother who worked multiple jobs, the family relied on the local food bank for support with no car, no cell phone and little money to pay Damian to participate in sports programs from competition. In high school, he met Gar Leyshon, an English teacher and basketball coach, who helped him get involved in football and basketball. He finally competed at the 2008 National Track and Field Championships in Abbotsford and never looked back. Damian continued to be coached by Gar Leyshon throughout his gold medal run at Tokyo 2020.
Join us March 7and 2022, from the comfort of your own home to hear from this incredible Canadian athlete. Claire Hanna (UBC BA ’09, MM ’11) will join us to moderate the conversation.
The ZLC Financial Thunderbird Scholarship Breakfast has been dedicated since 1999 to raising funds for student-athlete scholarships and awards. Once again, the University is committed to matching revenue from ticket sales dollar-for-dollar, creating an opportunity for you to make a powerful impact. Your support enables talented and successful student-athletes to follow their passions while gaining a world-class education.
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