Congratulations to Naomi Flood who fought her way to the A Final of the Women’s K1 500m World Cup event in Duisburg Germany over the weekend, earning her the final remaining spot on the Sprint team for the Rio Olympic Games.

Naomi competed against the world’s best in the first World Cup event of the season placing a commendable 9th in the A Final. Naomi filled the final remaining spot in the Australian Kayak Team for Rio.

Naomi said after the race, “It has been both physically and mentally demanding over the last six to eight weeks but anything is possible”.

Naomi competed in the K2 event in the London Olympics and will now compete as an individual in Rio. “To go to London was a dream come true, and to go to Rio to race K1 is mind blowing,” Flood said.

“I’m so happy, I’m so relieved, it’s awesome to be involved in the team that we’ve got going over there.”

Naomi had the tough job of competing against former K2 partner and friend Jo Brigden-Jones for the final spot. It came down to the World Cup event and whoever was the highest placed in their respective event would secure the final spot on the Australian team.

“It was a very awkward position Jo and I were in,” said Flood. “We went from being teammates in the boat together, to racing off against each other in different events. Well done to her for putting up a great fight.”

Spanline Australia’s Managing Director, Tony Way said, “We are extremely proud of Naomi and what she has achieved. Her hard work and determination has paid off and we look forward to watching her progress over the next three months in the lead up to Rio.”

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