New Zealand canoe sprinter and Olympic Champion Lisa Carrington was awarded top honours at the 2016 Massey University Harbour Sport Excellence Awards.
Harbour resident Carrington won the Axis Sports Medicine Specialists Sportswoman of the Year Award before being named the Massey University Supreme Award winner.
Carrington is the first New Zealand woman to win two medals at the same Olympics, with gold in the K1 200m setting an Olympic Record; and bronze in the K1 500m. For the past 4 years, she has been ranked the number one female paddler in the world, collecting the highest number of points throughout each year. In the K1 200m Carrington has been unbeaten for 5 years in a row, and was the recipient of the 2015 World Female Paddler of the Year Award.
Carrington wasn’t the only star acknowledged for a stellar year, with Para Swimming world-record holder Cameron James Leslie taking home the Shoe Science Albany & Takapuna Sportsman of the Year honours.
In the 150m Individual Medley SM4 class, Leslie not only won the Olympic Gold medal but did so in a new World Record time of 2:23.12 seconds, lowering his previous world record by an astonishing 2.65 seconds. This effort gave Leslie his third consecutive Paralympic Gold in this event, and helped solidified himself as one of the most successful Para Swimmers in New Zealand history.
Sailing continued its tradition of success at the annual awards evening as 470 sailors Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie won the Massey University International Team Performance of the Year category for the third year in a row. However, this year the honour was shared with 2-handed Skiff 49erFX Class sailors Alex Maloney and Molly Meech. Both teams brought home silver medals from this year’s Olympic Games in their respective classes.
In all, 15 category winners were announced, with volunteering, club sport, officials and sporting events among the many other sectors of sport recognised.
“The Massey University Harbour Sport Excellence Awards are a wonderful reflection of the talented community that we have in this region” said Harbour Sport Chief Executive Toni-Maree Carnie. It is an honour to acknowledge so many achievements from 2016 at the awards”.