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The 23-year-old Bay of Plenty sprint kayaker blitzed the field to win her final by almost half a second.
It was an Olympic debut for the paddler who took up the sport aged 16 and set an Olympic record in the semi-final.
Twenty-two Olympians, three Paralympians, 11 world champions and four world champion teams were honoured at the 2012 Maori Sports Awards - hosted by Te Tohu Taakaro o Aotearoa Charitable Trust at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre.