The Olympic kayak champion Lisa Carrington has won the supreme award at the 2017 Halberg Sports awards.
Carrington won two medals at the Rio Olympics and had dominated women’s kayaking for the past 6 years. She was also was named New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year.
Prime Minister Bill English and the New Zealand Olympic team chef de mission Rob Waddell presented the medal to Carrington.
Carrington beat golfer Lydia Ko and Rio silver medalists Luuka Jones and Dame Valerie Adams for the Sportswoman title.
Olympic rowing champion Mahe Drysdale was named Sportsman of the Year ahead of shot putter Tom Walsh, runner Nick Willis and boxer Joseph Parker.
Liam Malone was named the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year award.
The Para-Athletics athlete, won two gold and a silver medal at the Rio Paralympics.
Lisa Carrington’s coach Gordon Walker was awarded the Coach of the Year Award.
During the ceremony Paralympic Swimmer Sophie Pascoe was presented the Sport New Zealand Leadership Award.
Ruben Wiki (Rugby League) and Don Jowett (Athletics) were inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.