Naomi Flood guiding five elite Northcliffe ironwomen competing in Nutri-Grain finals

Four of Northcliffe’s dominant ironwoman crew (from left) Maddy Dunn, Courtney Hancock, coach Naomi Flood, Danielle McKenzie and Harriet Brown prepare for this weekend’s Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain series final at North Cronulla. Picture: GLENN HAMPSON

Emma Greenwood, Gold Coast Bulletin – NAOMI Flood may be retired but she has one of the toughest jobs on the beach at this ­weekend’s Nutri-Grain ironwoman series.

Flood, a series winner in 2009, Australian ironwoman champion and two-time Olympian has moved into a new role coaching ­Northcliffe’s high-profile women’s squad.

But with five Northcliffe athletes vying for surf lifesaving’s ultimate honour, Flood is in a bind.

“You can’t be biased to anyone but it’s also exciting,” Flood said of watching Harriet Brown, Courtney Hancock, Danielle McKenzie, Maddy Dunn and Kristyl Smith vie for the title.

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“We have so many girls in the series and we all train ­together every day and I think that’s been good for them in the competitive environment.

“Because we’ve had so many girls up the front of the field, we know that’s the pace of the event and we’ve got that within our squad, so we’re lucky in that regard.

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