FBC is very proud to sponsor Damian Warner on his journey to the 2015 Pan Am Games and the 2016 Olympics through Team Warner!
We recently had a conversation with Damian and asked him a few questions about his training, his events and what motivates him.
1. What is your greatest accomplishment?
Making the Olympic team in 2012 was my greatest accomplishment so far. As a track and field athlete that is generally the ultimate goal, the pinnacle event, and making that team was when everything started to come together.
2. Who are some of your heroes or role models in your life and why?
My mom is definitely my role model. She’s the strongest, most selfless and supportive person I have ever met. The way she deals with life's ups and downs, all with a smile on her face, is something that I really admire. I hope that one day I can be half the person she is.
3. When are you the most nervous during competition?
I'm most nervous before the first and last events of the decathlon. Before the 1OO metre I have so much adrenaline and am really excited to start, and to get the decathlon underway.
The 1500 is nerve wracking because you know it will always be a battle. It's a painful event and it is where the medals are decided.
4. What are your must have items in your carry on?
My passport is always a good thing to remember… my iPod and some trail mix are other key items.
5. If you have one, what is your pre-event ritual?
It's not really a ritual, but if I have time (and the proper electrical converter) I like to cut my hair before competing. Feeling fresh is a must!
6. How much time do you spend practicing in a week?
I practice 6 days a week for 2-4 hours each day, depending on the events we're focusing on. Some days I have two workouts, one in the weight room and one working on my throwing events. We try to hit every event twice a week.
We congratulate Damian on his Gold medal win at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland this past summer and wish him the best of luck at future events!
To learn more about Damian, Warner, Canadian Decathlete, visit www.damianwarner.ca.