Business School

Outstanding Māori Business Leaders Award 2013

For her outstanding career success and leadership in the business of an elite athlete.

Lisa Carrington

Lisa Carrington


Lisa Carrington is a well-known name in New Zealand sporting circles. A New Zealand representative flatwater canoer, the 24-year-old won gold in the K1 200 metres at the 2012 Summer Olympics, following a gold medal in the same event in the 2011 Sprint World Championships. Lisa is the first New Zealand woman to win a canoeing world championship title.

Lisa, who was raised at Ohope Beach and is of Aitanga-a-mahaki descent, made a career commitment to kayaking when she was 17 and she has continued her dominance in the sport by winning the world title again in 2013, adding a bronze to her tally in the K1500. In 2014 Lisa won two more gold medals in the K1 500 and K1 200 at the Canoe Sprint World Cup Regatta in Italy.

She was chosen as New Zealand’s Māori sportsperson of the year in 2012 and made a member of the Order of Merit in 2013 for her services to kayaking. She was also selected by the International Olympic Committee as an Athlete Role Model for the Summer Youth Olympic Games in China later this year. Lisa is currently studying at Massey University for a BA majoring in politics and Māori studies.

Lisa has been selected this year because of her remarkable business career in sport at a very young age, her excellence at a global level, and her passion for her sport and representing her country. Her championships and Olympic medals are testament to her professionalism, discipline and determination.