Naomi Flood excelled in swimming, surfing and surf lifesaving as a junior. In 2003 when she won the Australian junior board race title and finished fifth in the open Ironwoman event. Over her surf career she won numerous Australian and World titles. In 2008 she won six gold and one silver medals at the World Championships and took out the World Ironwoman title (which she defended two years later). In 2009 she won the overall Ironwoman Series in Australia.
She began kayaking in Sydney at Narrabeen out of the NSWIS facility where her surf club mates Murray Stewart and Jo Brigden-Jones trained to help her ski leg for Surf Lifesaving. In 2010 she retired from surf to concentrate on flatwater racing with the goal of making the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Flood achieved selection for London 2012 and placed 12th in the K2 500m with Lyndsay Fogarty. After the Olympics she came out of surf retirement briefly to finish second in the 2012/13 surf series. She also represented Australia at the Surf World Titles and won the ski and Ironwoman.
At the 2013 Canoe Sprint World Championships she was 7th in the K4 and 10th in the K2, and in 2014 with Brigden-Jones they were 7th in the K2. At the 2015 World Championships, which doubled as Olympic quota qualification, Australia just missed securing the K4 for Rio 2016 when they finished 11th.
After missing out on the K4, Flood/Brigden-Jones and turned their focus to the K2. In an upset Flood and Brigden-Jones were beaten in for the K2 spot by Alyssa Bull and Alyce Burnett. Flood then had to race Brigden-Jones for the K1 spot. After the pair couldn’t be separated in a series of head-to-head races in Australia, Flood made the A final at the Duisburg World Cup to win the ranking ‘race-off’ with Brigden-Jones and in turn earn selection on her second Olympic Team.
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Canoe/Kayak - Sprint
K1 500m Women
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Sydney, NSW, Australia
- 2012 London - 12th (K2 500m)
- 16th (K1 500) – World Cup (Racice, Czech Republic)
- 9th (K1 500) – World Cup (Duisberg, Germany)
- 1st (K1 500) – National Championships (Champion Lakes, WA)
- 2nd (K1 500) – Oceania Championships (West Lakes, SA)
- Winning the Ironwoman Series in 2009 after so many years of almost winning.
- Winning the 2006 Australian Ironwoman Title at Kurrawa Beach, Gold Coast
- Making the London 2012 Olympic Team
- Bilgola Plateau Public School (NSW, Australia)
- Barrenjoey High School (NSW, Australia)
- Diploma of Hospitality Management - Northern Beaches TAFE (2004 - 2005)
Manly Warringah Kayak club, NSW
NSWIS, Australian Canoeing
Primary Training Base
Gold Coast, Australia
Secondary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Baked dinners are always a hit
- Favourite holiday destination
- Bali - great waves, awesome weather, delicious food and always plenty of laughs!
- Favourite music
- Anything to sing along to
- Personal Motto
- Everything happes for a reason
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- A phone card to call my family and friends for a laugh
- Olympic Rings
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Bobsled or snowboard cross
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Ken Wallace winning K1 500 in 2008, spurred me on
- First Olympic Memory?
- Watching the 1996 Opening Ceremony
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My mum and dad and brother
- Why this sport?
- Natural transition from ski in Ironwoman