It’s make or break time for Spanline ambassador and kayaker Naomi Flood as she heads to Germany for her last chance to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games. The battle to determine who will secure the third and final place in the Australian Women’s Olympic Kayak team will be decided at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Duisburg on 20th-22nd May.
Naomi will be battling her former K2 partner Jo Brigden-Jones for the final spot as they go up against the best kayakers in the world. Although competing in different events (Brigden-Jones in the K1 200m and Naomi in the K1 500m) the highest point scorer will be selected to represent Australia in Rio.
In March, Naomi claimed victory over Brigden-Jones in the K1 500m at the National Canoe Sprint Championships in Perth, which gave her another opportunity to compete for Olympic selection. Naomi said Brigden-Jones is very good over the shorter distance, whereas the K1 500m is more suited to Naomi’s style.
Naomi is training extremely hard in the lead up to the World Cup race, with an intense schedule that includes eleven sessions on the water each week as well as three sessions in the gym and multiple physiotherapy and rehab appointments.
Naomi recently spent two weeks in Auckland training with Olympic Champion, Lisa Carrington, who hasn’t been beaten since 2011. “It was awesome to be in that company, hopefully it will help lift me to the next level required to qualify for Rio,” she said.
Naomi has never raced the K1 500m internationally, having only been part of K2 and K4 teams , and is understandable a little daunted by the prospect, “It’s all on me, you can’t hide out on a kayak course.”
“I want to be in Rio more than anything,” Naomi said. “It has been a rollercoaster of a ride not knowing what is going to happen but I am really enjoying the journey so far. I’m looking forward to racing hard, being ready for the World Cup and hoping to get the result and then looking to Rio in August.”
Spanline head office and its franchises around the country would like to wish their brand ambassador Naomi Flood all the best in her quest for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Spanline’s Managing Director, Tony Way said, “The amount of work Naomi has put in to date is both extraordinary and inspirational. We couldn’t think of a better person to not only represent Spanline but to compete for Australia in the Rio Olympic Games.”
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