The Honorable Grant Robertson
Minister of Sports and Recreation
Sports and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson congratulated Olympian Lisa Carrington and Paralympian Sophie Pascoe on being named the Companion Dames of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DNZM) as part of the 2022 New Year Honors.
Lisa Carrington is New Zealand’s most successful Olympian, having won five gold and one bronze out of a total of 23 medals during her canoe racing career.
“Lisa is a remarkable athlete – strong, determined and consistent. But apart from the water, he is also a well-rounded, humble and kind person.
“This honor is recognition of all his attributes and qualities. She is truly one of our greatest sportswomen of all time, ”said Grant Robertson.
Sophie Pascoe is New Zealand’s most successful Paralympian, winning 19 medals at four Paralympic Games, 28 medals at five World Championships and four medals at two Commonwealth Games.
She will be New Zealand’s youngest Lady, but there is no doubt that she has her rightful place in our sporting history.
“Sophie has had an incredible career. She made her international debut at just 13 and has been performing at the highest level ever since.
“Her determination, talent and total commitment make her a role model for all New Zealanders,” said Grant Robertson.
Other honored athletes and administrators include Dr Michèle Hawke who was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for his commitment and nearly 50 years of service in gymnastics, Gaye Bryham was appointed Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. (ONZM) for dedicating 30 years to the science of sport and recreation, and Beverley Douglas and Marilyn Moffatt have both been named members of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM).
“I am so proud of all of the accomplishments of our women in sport and recreation,” said Grant Robertson.