Lisa Carrington MNZM is a double Olympic champion in the fast and furious canoe sprint the K1 200m. Lisa claimed Gold in 2016 in Rio and in 2012 in London and Gold at the 2011 Canoe Sprint World Championships.
In the space of about 40 seconds in London, she went from being a world champion canoe sprint racer who had a small profile in New Zealand to a household name.
Of Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki and Ngati Porou descent, Lisa was born in Tauranga, raised in Ohope Beach, and attended Whakatane High School and and Massey University in Albany.
Chosen New Zealand's Maori Sportsperson of the Year in November 2012 and senior Maori Sportswoman of the Year, Lisa was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2013 New Year's Honours, for her services to kayaking.