Bay Olympic star wins top Maori honours

New Zealand's first Olympic gold medal winner in women's sprint canoeing, Lisa Carrington, collected the supreme Albie Pryor Memorial Sportsperson of the Year award in Auckland on Saturday.

Carrington, from Ohope Beach, wrote her name into the history books as the first ever winner of the women's K1 200m title.

The 23-year-old sprint kayaker blitzed the field to win by almost half a second, completing an impressive Olympic debut for the paddler who took up the sport aged 16 and set an Olympic record in the semifinal.

Tauranga rugby referee on the rise, Glen Jackson, was honoured with the Maori Sports Umpire/Referee of the Year ahead of the former Steamers supreme first-five officiating his first internationals next month.

A total of 22 Olympians, three Paralympians, 11 world champions and four world champion teams were honoured at the 2012 Maori Sports Awards.


The 2012 Maori Sports Awards winners

Rongomaraeroa - The Albie Pryor Memorial Maori Sportsperson of the Year

Lisa Carrington (Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki) of Ohope, Bay of Plenty-canoeing

Te Aratiatia - Maori Sports Umpire/Referee of the Year

Glen Warrick Jackson (Ngai Tahu) of Tauranga-rugby

Maui Tikitiki A Taranga - Maori Sports Administrator of the Year

Mavis Mullins MNZM (Rangitane, Te Ati Haunui-a-Paparangi, Te Arawa) of Dannevirke - shearing

Te Toihuarewa - Disabled Maori Sportsperson of the Year

Cameron Leslie (Ngapuhi) of Whangarei - swimming

Nga Ikaawhiro - Maori Sports Team of the Year

Joanne Kumeroa (Te Ati Haunui-a-Paparangi) of Victoria, Australia, Joel Henare (Ngati Porou) of Gisborne - wool handling

Te Maruotumatauenga - Maori Sports Coach of the Year

Waimarama Taumaunu (Ngati Porou) of Wellington - netball

Te Tamahine A Papatuanuku - Junior Maori Sportswoman of the Year

Kataraina Brown (Ngati Hako) of Manurewa, Auckland - waka ama

Te Tama A Ranginui - Junior Maori Sportsman of the Year

Jason Emery (Ngati Maniapoto) of Manawatu - rugby

Hineahuone - Senior Maori Sportswoman of the Year

Lisa Carrington (Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki) of Ohope, Bay of Plenty - canoeing

Te Tama A Tanenuiarangi - Senior Maori Sportsman of the Year

Storm Uru (Ngai Tahu) of Cambridge - rowing

- Bay of Plenty Times

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