Lisa Carrington

The “golden girl” of New Zealand canoe sprint boasts a unmatchable record of success in the modern era having claimed two Olympic titles and ten World Championship gold medals.


Born in Tauranga, Lisa was raised in Ohope for much of her childhood and followed her brothers into competitive surf lifesaving before later taking up kayaking to improve her surf lifesaving skills.


Quickly advancing to the New Zealand age-group team she made her big breakthrough winning the first of her seven successive world K1 200m titles in 2011. Also a world K1 500m champion in 2015 and 2019 and a K2 500m world gold medallist alongside Caitlin Ryan, Lisa has won 17 World Championship medals during an incomparable career

On the Olympic stage, Lisa blitzed to the K1 200m gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics and retained her crown at the 2016 Rio Games when also winning K1 500m bronze.


Coached by Gordon Walker, the Eastern Bay Canoe Club kayaker was named Sportswoman of the Year at the 2016 World Paddle Awards and is a three-time Sportswoman of the Year recipient at the Halberg Awards. In 2016 she also snared the Halberg Supreme Award. Lisa, a role model to countless Kiwis, has a street named in her honour – Carrington Lane – in Ohope.