Fast Facts

  • Name: Naomi Flood
  • Nickname: Floody
  • DOB: 17 April, 1986
  • Resides: Gold Coast, QLD
  • Hometown: Manly, NSW
  • Coaches: Trent Herring and Katrin Borchert

Floody’s Story…

Born in Sydney, Naomi, grew up on the Northern Beaches where she excelled in a number of sports namely those involving water including swimming, surfing and surf lifesaving. A passion for the ocean and her affinity with the sand and surf witnessed her take to the waves as a nipper and never look back. ‘Floody’ came from obscurity in 2003 as a fresh faced 17-year-old when she took out the Australian junior board race title and incredibly finished fifth in the Open iron woman event.

Three years and numerous State, Australian and World Championship gold medals later Floody reached the highlight of her short career winning the 2006 Australian Ironwoman final, the highest achievement in world lifesaving with an emphatic win at Kurrawa Beach on the Gold Coast.

A fierce competitor both in and out of the water, Flood has been described as one of the toughest female performers in Australian sport, training mostly alongside male rivals at the famous Manly Life Saving Club on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and juggling her sporting aspirations with a promising career as an Investment Banker with St George.

Floody stamped her authority in the International arena at the 2008 World Championships in Germany. Representing Australia she bagged 6 gold medals and 1 silver, before backing up and racing for her Manly club just a few days later where she took out both the Ironwoman and the Ski titles.

In 2009 Naomi achieved another career milestone when she was crowned overall champion in the 2009 Kellogg’s Nutri Grain Ironwoman Series. Held over 5 rounds on the Australian East Coast, the Series is considered the premier surf sport series in the world and features the fittest, toughest Surf Lifesavers from around the country.

At the at the 2010 World Life Saving Championships in Egypt Floody defended her World Ski race title, finished 2nd in the Ironwoman and claimed multiple Gold medals in team events as part of the winning Australian Team.

Most recently Naomi was named in her 11th Australian Surf Life Saving Team which traveled to New Zealand in 2011 to contest three Tri-Nations events as a specialist ski paddler. The Australian Team won all three tests and Naomi was undefeated in all of her ski events.

In recent seasons Naomi has shown much promise in sprint kayaking and has a burning desire to compete for Australia at the London Olympic Games 2012. The first milestone in the achievement of this goal was realised when, in her first season of racing, she was selected in the 2010 Australian Sprint Kayaking Team which traveled to Europe to contest the 2010 European season, including the World Cup and World  Championship regattas.Naomi most recently followed this up with four gold medals in the women’s K1 1000m, K2 1000m, K4 500m and K2 500m at the Australian Sprint Kayak Nationals, which saw her gain selection in the 2011 Australian Kayaking Team.

Naomi again travelled to Europe and finished 3rd in the women’s K4 500m at World Cup 2 in Poland and later with a 3rd in the women’s K1 1000m at the World Championships in Hungary.

In 2012 Naomi continued her outstanding performances at Nationals and Grand Prix events which saw her earn selection in the 2012 London Olympic Sprint Kayak Team where she will contest the K2 500m event.

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