LISA CARRINGTON (New Zealand) - Nominee for the 2015 'Sportswoman of the Year' award.
- Born: 1989, sport(s): canoe sprint (K1W, K2W, K4W), lifesaving (surfski), ocean-racing, represents: New Zealand
- 2015: double World Champion K1W 500m and 200m (Milan); World Cups: 3 x gold K1W 500m (Copenhagen, Duisburg, Montemor-o-Velho) and gold K1W 200m (Montemor-o-Velho)
- 2014: World Champion K1W 200m and silver K1W 500M; World Cups: K1W 200m gold (Racice and Milan), K1W 500m gold (Milan) and bronze (Racice).
Lisa Carrington could well end up the greatest kayak sprinter in New Zealand's (and international competition's) history!
2015 was unquestionably the landmark year-to date-in Lisa's sprint-paddling career; the 25-year old from Tauranga, North Island, New Zealand became double World Champion over 500 and 200m – defending her world 200m crown five-times since 2011 (including being Olympic Champion in 2012 in London).
In the 2015 season, Lisa won a blinding 6 golds both at the World Championships and World Cups respectively. To complement this, she also historically became the first New Zealand athlete ever to win the women’s world K1 500m title with a winning time of 1.51 seconds over Hungary's Anna Karasz.
At the World Cup in Montemor, Portugal Lisa took home double short-distance sprint golds; the K1W 200m in a staggering time of 39.524 seconds and the 500m in 1:48.016.
2014 saw Lisa defend her 200m world title in Moscow, but she additionally also earned double gold at the Milan World Cup in both 200m and 500m.
In 2013, World Champion in K1W 200m Lisa did the unthinkable with a clean- World-Cup-series-sweep winning K1W 200m gold at all three (Poznan, Racice and Szeged).
Famous at London 2012, Lisa not only became Olympic Champion in K1W 200m but staggeringly in front of the sell-out crowd at Eton Dorney Lake, set a new Olympic record of 40.528 in her semi-final run.
Iconic, she was the first woman from New Zealand to ever win any World Championship race in the sport of 'canoe sprint'; she did so with gold in K1W 200m at Szeged in 2011.
With regards to other disciplines, Lisa has paddled doubles and fours, even winning gold with fellow countrywoman Teaneale Hatton in K2W 1000m at the 2010 World Cup in Vichy, France and not forgetting also representing New Zealand at London 2012 in K2 500m with Erin Taylor in addition to the 200m.
Lisa started paddling through surf lifesaving aged 16, she went on to win the national surfski title in 2011.
Activities and achievements off the water:
- Presented at the inaugural World Paddle Awards in Augsburg, Germany in 2014
- Awarded the highest honour for sport in New Zealand; becoming a Member of the Order of Merit
- Other honours extend to being 2012 Maori Sportsperson and Senior Maori Sportswoman of the Year following her success at the London Olympics
- Motto: 'What hurts more? Missing a party for training, or missing out on an Olympic medal?”
- Nicknamed 'Lis', she studied at Whakatane High School and at Massey University, Albany, NZ.
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