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Kayak champ Carrington claims Lonsdale Cup

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/12/2016

Kayaker Lisa Carrington has been awarded the Lonsdale Cup after a stellar 2016 that included becoming the first New Zealand woman to win two medals at the same Olympics.

The cup is given annually to the New Zealand athlete or team that made the most outstanding contribution to Olympic or Commonwealth sport during the year.

In Rio in August, Carrrington successfully defended her K1 200m title and claimed a third Olympic medal of her career with bronze in the K1 500m.

The 27-year-old from Ohope Beach in Bay of Plenty was also New Zealand's flagbearer at the closing ceremony.

Chef de mission Rob Waddell says he has no doubt about the positive effect that Carrington had in the New Zealand camp in Rio.

"Her commitment, drive, determination and results were exceptional during Games-time and this inspired not only her fellow kayakers, but also the wider Olympic team," he said.

Carrington said she was humbled to receive the trophy.

"We have had amazing success this year in sport so I am proud to be a part of an amazing group of athletes," she said.

After a brief break, Carrington is back in training ahead of the 2017 international season, which culminates in the canoe sprint world championships in Wales in August.

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