New Zealand’s greatest Olympian Lisa Carrington announces her marriage to her longtime partner

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Dame Lisa Carrington has married her longtime partner Michael Buck. Photos / Andrea Stephens Photography

Six-time Olympic medalist Dame Lisa Carrington has married her longtime partner Michael Buck.

Sharing the news on social media, Carrington announced the couple’s wedding Thursday night.

“Introducing…Mr & Mrs. A preview of the greatest day of celebration with our amazing whanau and friends,” Carrington posted on Instagram.

Dame Lisa Carrington shared photos of her special day on social media.
Dame Lisa Carrington shared photos of her special day on social media.

Many followers and fellow Olympians took to social media to congratulate the couple on their nuptials.
Many followers and fellow Olympians took to social media to congratulate the couple on their nuptials.

The caption is accompanied by a number of photos taken on the couple’s special day.

Many people have praised the pair, including a number of Olympians such as canoe slalom athlete Luuka Jones and rugby sevens stars Tyla Nathan-Wong and Ruby Tui.

The couple announced their engagement on March 11, months before the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.

Carrington became New Zealand’s greatest Olympian in the Japanese capital, overcoming a difficult schedule to win gold in the K1 200m, K1 500m and K2 500m (with Caitlin Regal), taking her total to six medals (five gold and one bronze).

Since the 2012 Olympics, Carrington has been involved in 29% of the country’s 17 gold medals.

Dame Lisa Carrington won three gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics.
Dame Lisa Carrington won three gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics.

The couple announced their engagement on March 11.
The couple announced their engagement on March 11.

Last month, Carrington won the top prize at the 59th Halberg Awards.

She was named Sportswoman of the Year earlier in the night, before being presented with top honors by Governor General Dame Cindy Kiro.

It was Carrington’s second top honor, having also won the top honor in another Olympic year in 2016, when she has now won five consecutive Sportswoman of the Year awards, alongside her Sportswoman of the Decade honor, claimed last year in the absence of the annual Halberg Awards due to the impact of Covid-19 on New Zealand sport.

Naomi C. Amerson