2 Dec 2013

Carrington takes Maori sports title

7:50 pm on 2 December 2013

Olympic gold medalist and world champion canoeist Lisa Carrington has taken the title of Maori Sports Person of the Year for the second year in a row at the 2013 Maori Sports Awards on Saturday.

The Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki descendant was given a World Champion Award before receiving the title of Senior Maori Sportswoman and then the highest honour - the Albie Pryor Memorial Maori Sports Person of the Year.

Achievements in Maori women's sevens rugby were also a highlight of this year's awards with New Zealand Women's Sevens team head coach Sean Horan getting the award for Maori Sports Coach of the Year. As well, Tyla Nathan-Wong, of Ngapuhi, received the Junior Maori Sportswoman of the Year award.

World champion wood chopper Jason Wynard, of Ngati Maniapoto, Ngapuhi and Tainui, also took out the Senior Sportsman of the Year for the second year in a row.

All up, 20 Maori world champions were recognised for their international achievements at the event hosted by Te Tohu Taakaro o Aotearoa Charitable Trust.