Two major awards for Lisa Carrington at 25th Māori Sports Awards

By Tepara Koti

She's gone from strength-to-strength in recent years, and tonight, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki's Lisa Carrington's success was acknowledged at the 25th Annual Māori Sports Awards.  Two major awards Carrington takes home tonight: Senior Māori Sportswoman of the Year, and the inaugural Extraordinary Award for Best Female Sportsperson of the past 25 years.

Carrington's name was etched into the history books in 2012 when she won her first gold medal at the Olympics in her specialty K1 200m race.  Since then, she has continued to dominate on the water.

In August, she claimed her first gold medal for the K1 500m race at the recent World Championship series, after having won bronze and silver in past years.

Soon after, Carrington was named New Zealand's most successful world championship canoe racer.  Her wins took her overall World Championship gold medal haul to five, overtaking New Zealand legend Paul McDonald. 

Carrington is no stranger to the Māori Sports Awards, in 2013 she won Māori Sportswoman of the Year as well as the Supreme Award - The Albie Pryor Memorial Award for the second-time running.

With less than one year to go, she now has her sights set on the 2016 Rio Olympics.

A truly auspicious night for Lisa Carrington, and no doubt an extremely proud moment for her whānau, friends and Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki as a whole.