[Universiade Superstar] Ellie Black, Canadian gymnast

Elsabeth “Ellie” Black, one of the athletes from Team Canada, is participating in 2017 Taipei Universiade as women artistic gymnast. She won a silver medal on Monday’s team event and a bronze medal in the women’s all-around final on Tuesday.

She first tried gymnastics at age six. At age eight, she was forced to make a choice between gymnastics and figure skating as she had been learning back then. “I couldn’t do both sports if I wanted to reach a competitive level and I was excelling in gymnastics.” At the age of 21, Ellie Black is one of Canada’s most decorated gymnasts. She has a medal of each color from both the Pacific Rim Championships and the Commonwealth Games. She was also the first female gymnast from the Canadian province of Nova Scotia to compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In 2013, she became the first Canadian female artistic gymnast since 1983 to win a medal at the World University Games. At the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, she became the first Canadian woman to have won the artistic gymnastics all-around title since 1979. She was also one of the five athletes to win five medals, including three gold, in Toronto.

But while she takes great pride in her accomplishments, Ellie Black is also driven by the younger gymnasts who look up to her and tell her she’s their inspiration. “Never,” Black says. “Every time it’s incredible to hear them say that and it’s very special to be in that position and hopefully inspire those younger ones. “They inspire me everyday to keep working hard, follow my dreams and keep pushing [towards my goals].”

“I’m doing gymnastics still because I enjoy doing it and I love it. It’s tough as you get older — you have to be smart with your training and really take care of your body,” Black says. “It’s fun to think about. But honestly, I’m just taking it day-by-day and seeing where that will just take me.” Hopefully, we will be able to see more of her excellent performances in future competitions both nationally and internationally.

Source: Fig-gymnastics, National Post, and CBC

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