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Carrington picks up NZ's Supreme Halberg

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/02/2017 Angelo Risso

Olympic gold medallist Lisa Carrington has received the Supreme Halberg award for her efforts in this year's Games in Rio.

The 27-year-old canoeist snared gold in the women's 200m K-1 Sprint in Rio, as well as a bronze in the 500m event.

The medal haul follows several years at the top of her craft, having won four straight world championships in the 200m K-1 Sprint.

Earlier on Thursday evening, the Tauranga native secured the New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year award ahead of Lydia Ko, Luuka Jones and Dame Valerie Adams.

The evening was a stellar one for the six-time award nominee, with mentor Gordon Walker also snaring 2016 Coach of the Year for his efforts.

In the men's category, fellow Rio gold medallist Mahe Drysdale earned a fifth Sportsman of the Year title for his triumph in the Rio Single Scull.

Drysdale, 38, won his Single Scull gold by less than a hundredth of a second in a photo-finish over Croatian rival Damir Martin.

He beat WBO heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker, shot putter Tom Walsh and middle-distance runner Nick Willis, who won Rio bronze.

Elsewhere, Paralympic gold medallist Liam Malone picked up the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year award for his pair of golds in the T44 200m and 400m Rio events.

Fellow Paralympian Sophie Pascoe also earned a Sport NZ Leadership Award for her achievements in the pool, winning a record 15 medals, including nine gold.

Sailing champions Peter Burling and Blake Tuke snared Team of the Year for their Rio 49er men's skiff win, while cyclist Campbell Stewart won the Emerging Talent Award.

Ex-Kiwis rugby league skipper Ruben Wiki and sprinter Don Jowett, meanwhile, were inducted into the NZ Sports Hall of Fame for their career achievements.

"It's fantastic to be able to bring all the codes together to honour the nation's sporting success," Halberg Disability Sport Foundation chief Shelley McMeeken said.

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