22 Dec 2016

2016 one of my best - Carrington

3:52 pm on 22 December 2016

New Zealand triple Olympic medallist canoer Lisa Carrington says winning this year's Lonsdale Cup signifies the great year she had on and off the water.

Lisa Carrington

Lisa Carrington Photo: Photosport

Carrington was awarded the cup after becoming the first New Zealand woman to win two medals at one games, when she won gold and a silver in the women's K1 200 and 500 metre sprints, to go with her gold from London in 2012.

The Lonsdale Cup is awarded to a New Zealand athlete that has achieved outstanding success throughout the year.

The 27-year-old said 2016 was one of her best years as an athlete.

"It's really nice to be recognised by the NZOC (Olympic Committee) and I guess the contribution on and off the water, so it's a real special thing to be awarded," Carrington said.

Carrington took two months off following the Rio Olympics, but has recently returned to the water to start her next four-year cycle, with the ambition of going to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

"If you're going to keep going it's kind of four more years, so yeah that's definitely something I want to strive for and ultimately I still have to jump through all the hoops to get there. But yeah, that's where I'm heading for."

Carrington said unlike fellow Olympic gold medallist, Hamish Bond, who was taking a break from rowing to focus on cycling, she wasn't interested in taking up another sport.

"It's not super apparent what sport, if I was to do something different, what that would be.

"I don't feel that sick of kayaking, so it's pretty easy for me to take a couple of months off then get back into it."

Despite winning the Lonsdale Cup, Carrington said she was unsure if it will equate to a Halberg Award, which was about the only trophy she hadn't won.

"Maybe, I don't know. I've kind of given up (hope). I feel like I'm the most nominated people (not to win it), we'll see what happens."