Another accolade for paddler

Gold medallist Carrington on Order of Merit

Last updated 13:36 20/03/2014
Lisa Carrington
NEW ACCOLADE: Lisa Carrington with her new medal at Government House.

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Kayaker Lisa Carrington has taken a rare day off from training to become invested as a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

The world champion paddler was at Government House in Wellington today to receive the honour from Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae for services to kayaking.

Carrington and her boyfriend had travelled from Auckland to be at the ceremony, and her parents came down from Ohope for the occasion.

Carrington said life had changed "quite a bit" since winning gold at the 2012 London Olympics.

"New Zealanders hold the Olympics in such high esteem that when that happened it was just amazing," she said.

"It's great walking down the street and people congratulating me and being there."

Her focus now was the World Championships in August, and she was training for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

"We keep trucking on and each year is a step towards Rio," she said.

"I took a day off to come down here."

While there was always pressure in her sport, she said she did it for herself, her family and the country.

"It's a great goal for me to have and obviously I'm enjoying every minute of it."

After the World Championships, Carrington will head to China for the Youth Olympics, where she has just been named an ambassador to represent the International Canoe Federation.

"It's really special being the only canoeist. It's really cool and I'm excited to see the young up-and-coming athletes."

She was also pleased to have raised the profile of the sport as a young, female kayaker.

"We've never had women doing so well on the international stage," she said.

"It's good for women, and when we had nationals this year there were lots of young girls, so it's really cool."

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