21 Dec 2016

Carrington claims Lonsdale Cup

7:33 am on 21 December 2016

Triple Olympic medallist Lisa Carrington has been named the New Zealand Olympic Committee's Athlete of the Year.

Lisa Carrington

Lisa Carrington Photo: Photosport

The 27-year-old kayaker has been awarded the Lonsdale Cup after becoming the first New Zealand woman to win two medals at one Olympics.

She defended her gold medal in the K1 200 event at the Rio Games and took bronze in the K1 500.

"I have no doubt that there was a positive effect having an athlete of Lisa's calibre in our Team in Rio," said New Zealand Olympic Chef de Mission Rob Waddell.

"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."

Carrington said it's humbling to receive the Lonsdale Cup and passed on her thanks to New Zealanders for their ongoing support.

"It is a great privilege and honour to receive the Lonsdale award, it's not the recognition I strive for but when it does happen it's extremely humbling," she said.

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