Warner won the vote on Wednesday after a season marked by his gold medal in Tokyo this summer.
The other finalists were sprinter Andre De Grasse, Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid, Blue Jays hitter Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bayern Munich left-back and reigning co-winner Lou Marsh Alphonso Davies, the National Women’s Soccer Team goalie and gold medalist Stephanie Labbé, and three-time Olympic medalist Maggie Mac Neil. Members of the media from across the country vote for the award.
Warner, 32, of London, Ont. set an Olympic record with 9,018 points in August, becoming the first Canadian champion in this event in Summer Games history.
Canada then named Warner the Closing Ceremony Flag Bearer.
Warner is the first decathlete to be named Canadian Athlete of the Year. NFL star Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and football star Alphonso Davies tied for the award in 2020.
He is the first track and field athlete to win since sprinter Donovan Bailey won the honor after winning two Olympic gold medals in 1996.
The Canadian Athlete of the Year has been billed as the Lou Marsh Trophy since 1936, with a three-year hiatus during WWII. In recent weeks, the name on the trophy has come under question due to racist comments by the former Toronto sports editor Star Marsh while writing about sports in Canada in the early 1900s.
Last month, The Star began to take a closer look at Marsh’s work, commissioning a study led by Dr. Janice Forsyth, associate professor of sociology at Western University. After the study results are released next year, a decision will be on the future of the name on the trophy.