The Whakatāne Surf Lifesaving Club is celebrating after Lisa Carrington bagged a bronze medal in the K1 500 final this morning. The 27-year old has made history becoming the first New Zealand woman to win two Olympic medals at the same games.
Carrington fans anxiously watched her race this morning. The world number one canoe sprinter won bronze in a tight race in the 500m sprint.
In an interview with Sky Television Carrington said, “When I was 10 I couldn't imagine being in the position that I am.”
This milestone has also provided some inspiration for her immediate family back home in Ohope.
Carrington’s grandmother told Te Kāea, “It's really worth it all. I was thinking about how she has represented our country, this little wee land of Aotearoa, the land of the long white could and to see that flag is quite neat.”
Ohope Beach Primary School also wished her well ahead of their cultural performance at the Rangitaiki Festival in Kawerau.
Kapa haka tutor Keld Hunia says, “She paddled with my daughter in a race just to give them the experience of racing with someone big and that did a lot for my daughter who now has decided to be an Olympian. So you know it's going to cost me a fortune I can imagine.”
Later tonight, another Whakatāne club member, Jaimee Lovett, will race with her NZ four crew in the preliminary 500m race.