Lisa Carrington wins sportswoman of the year at awards last night

Music 10/02/2017

For Lisa Carrington the sixth time was very much the charm as the 27-year-old finally claimed a Halberg gong for the first time, including the night's most prestigious prize, the Supreme Award.

The 27-year-old won the sportswoman of the year award at Thursday night's Halberg Award ceremony, beating out Luuka Jones, Dame Valerie Adams and Lydia Ko, before being announced the evenings overall winner off the back of her double-medal Rio Olympic performance.

Carrington, who had previously been nominated five times, said the honour of winning took a back seat to being in such talented company. "Just to be up there, just to see everyone... yeah it's pretty cool, it's great to be amongst such amazing athletes, she said.

"It's pretty special."

The Olympic gold medallist admitted she felt nerves before her name was called.

"It's really nice to have your name called, sitting there very nervous with the heart rate going up, probably because it is so scary talking to so many people, but it is very cool."

The Tauranga native got the nod by the judges in the supreme category over sportsman winner, Mahe Drysdale, team winners Peter Burling and Blair Tuke and disabled athlete winner Liam Malone.

Carrington, who won Rio gold in the K1 200 canoe event, followed by bronze in the K1 500, said she won't change things up too much over the course of the next four-year Olympic cycle as she looks towards Tokyo in 2020 and the possibility of two gold medals.

"Right now I'm still focusing on the 200 and 500 and I guess I just want to be a great paddler so I just have to try keep doing that."

"You rise up for one gold medal then you have to do it all over again and that's pretty tough, and I think the only way to really prepare for that is to actually do the race [K1 500]. "I can take the next four years with experience and I think that time will be exciting for me."

Carrington's mentor Gordon Walker scoped the coach of the year award and she said it was nice to share the spotlight with him, along with many of her fellow Rio Olympians.

"It's nice to be here with supporters, friends and family and the other athletes. We get a chance to reminisce and sit down and take it all in and be really proud of Rio and the last four years."