Lisa Carrington

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Lisa Carrington
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Carrington at the 2013 World Championships
Personal information
Nationality New Zealand
Born (1989-06-23) 23 June 1989 (age 29)
Tauranga, New Zealand
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)[2]
Country New Zealand
Sport Canoe sprint
Club Eastern Bay Canoe Racing Club (Whakatane)[3]

Lisa Carrington MNZM (born 23 June 1989)[3] is a New Zealand flatwater canoer. She won gold in the Women's K-1 200 metres at the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2016 Summer Olympics, as well as gold in the same event at the 2011 Canoe Sprint World Championships.

Early and private life[edit]

Born in Tauranga,[4] Carrington was raised in Ohope Beach, a satellite town of Whakatane in the eastern Bay of Plenty, and is of Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki and Ngāti Porou descent.[5] She attended Whakatane High School, and Massey University in Albany.[3] Her partner is Michael Buck.[6]


In June 2009 she won a bronze medal at the World Cup regatta held in Szeged, Hungary, competing alongside Teneale Hatton in the women's K-2 1000 metres event.[7] In May 2010 the pair won the gold medal in the same event at a World Cup regatta in Vichy, France.[8]

Carrington and Hatton won three gold medals at the 2010 Oceania Canoe Championships; they won the 500 and 1000 metres K-2 events and were joined by Rachael Dodwell and Erin Taylor to win the K-4 500 metres.[9] The pair became the first New Zealanders ever to reach a World Championship A final at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Poznań, Poland;.[10] Their time of one minute 42.365 seconds in the semifinals meant they qualified third fastest for the final of the K-2 500 metres, however they finished the final in ninth position.[10]

At the 2011 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Szeged, Carrington won the gold medal in the women's K–1 200 metres event; and became the first New Zealand woman to win a canoeing World Championship title.[11] The result secured an Olympic qualification berth for New Zealand.[12] She was also honoured with the Māori Senior Sports Woman of the Year Award.[13]

At the 2012 Oceania Championships, Carrington won gold medals in the K-1 200 metres and in the K-2 200 metres with Erin Taylor.[12][14]

Carrington represented New Zealand at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom[15] In the K-2 500 metres, Carrington and Taylor finished 7th, and in the K-1 200 metres Carrington won the gold medal.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she defended her gold medal in the K-1 200 metres event[16] and won a bronze medal in the K-1 500 metres event.[17] In doing so, she became the first New Zealand woman to win multiple medals at the same Olympic games.[6] Carrington was the flag bearer at the 2016 closing ceremony.[18] She is coached by Gordon Walker.[3]

Awards and honours[edit]

Carrington was named as New Zealand's senior Māori sportswoman and overall Māori sportsperson of the year in November 2012.[19] In the 2013 New Year Honours, she was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to kayaking.[20] At the 2016 Halberg Awards, she won the Sportswoman of the Year and also won the Supreme Award.[6]

Sponsorship and advertising work[edit]

Carrington is an athlete ambassador for Beef and Lamb New Zealand, alongside Eliza McCartney, Sophie Pascoe and Sarah Walker.[21]


  1. ^ "Lisa Carrington – Profile – London 2012 Olympics". Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Lisa Carrington – Profile – Rio 2016 Olympics". Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Lisa Carrington". Canoe Racing New Zealand. Archived from the original on 21 August 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Plumb, Simon (11 August 2012). "Carrington wins gold in K1 200m". Fairfax Media New Zealand (via Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Iwi hails Carrington's prowess". Radio New Zealand. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c Burgess, Michael (9 February 2017). "Lisa Carrington queen of sport with Halberg Awards wins". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  7. ^ Leggat, David (13 August 2009). "Kayaking: Custom boat helps get speed up". New Zealand herald. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Cleaver, Dylan (10 May 2012). "Kayaking: Young Kiwis paddle to first in K2 1000". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Kiwis take three Oceania kayaking golds". New Zealand Press Association. 14 February 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Kiwi women qualify for kayaking final". New Zealand Press Association. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Carrington restores canoeing credibility". New Zealand Herald. New Zealand Press Association. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Australia Secures three Olympic Quotas at Oceania Championships". International Canoe federation. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Lisa Carrington wins Maori Sports Award". Canoe Racing New Zealand. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "2012 ICF Oceania Championship". Canoe Racing New Zealand. Archived from the original on 18 July 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  15. ^ Plumb, Simon (4 May 2012). "Kayaker Lisa Carrington has eyes on gold". Fairfax NZ News. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "NZ Herald Olympics Banner Rio Olympics 2016: Lisa Carrington claims gold in K1 200m". NZ Herald. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  17. ^ Hinton, Marc (19 August 2016). "Rio Olympics 2016: Lisa Carrington claims bronze in women's K1 500m final". Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  18. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: Lisa Carrington to carry the NZ flag at closing ceremony". The New Zealand Herald. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  19. ^ "Carrington wins Maori Sportsperson of Year". Fairfax Media (via 24 November 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  20. ^ "New Year honours list 2013". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2018. 
  21. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: McCartney becomes an Iron Maiden". The New Zealand Herald. 5 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 

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