Event: K1 200, K1 500, K2 500, K4 500
Born: June 23, 1989
Coach: Gordon Walker
Previous Olympics: 2012 (gold), 2016 (gold & bronze)
Carrington first made an impact on international canoeing in 2009, combining with Teneale Hatton for World Cup bronze at Szeged, Hungary. The following year, they won a World Cup event and qualified for the K2 500 world championship final.
Solo, Carrington became the first NZ woman to win a world title, when she took out the K1 200 at Szeged 2011. That success clinched a berth at the 2012 London Olympics, where she again took gold, beginning an unbeaten run at the event that still continues.
Carrington has now won 10 world titles and defended her Olympic title at Rio 2016, adding a K1 500 bronze medal for good measure.
She was subsequently awarded supreme honours at the 2016 Halberg Awards and has won Sportswoman of the Year four times.
At Tokyo, Carrington will contest solo events over 200m and 500m, while anchoring medal-contending K2 and K4 crews over 500m.