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Carrington Wins Paddle Award

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Carrington Wins Paddle Award

A record-breaking campaign has earned New Zealand sprint canoeist Lisa Carrington the sportswoman of the year prize at the World Paddle Awards in Barcelona.

Olympic champion Carrington won twin gold medals at the world championships in Milan last August, becoming the first Kiwi to win the K1 500m title before following up with victory in her specialist K1 200m event.

She became New Zealand's most successful paddler at world championship level, with five golds lifting her clear of Paul MacDonald.

Carrington also claimed four golds at preceding World Cup regattas in Europe.

The 26-year-old sent a video message of thanks to the awards function, which was being held for the second time.

"To be recognised internationally for kayaking as a sport as a whole is really special and I think it is something that we have been missing for a long time," she said.

Carrington will chase gold over both distances at this year's Rio Olympics.

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