Team NS Canada Games 2011: Ellie Black

Ellie Black is one of the talented young gymnasts who will be representing Nova Scotia at the 2011 Canada Winter Games.

Ellie Black is one of the talented young gymnasts who will be representing Nova Scotia at the 2011 Canada Winter Games. She has been practicing her sport for the past eight years and is showing no signs of slowing down. As she takes to the stage at the Canada Games, her hard work and dedication will become evident to the rest of the country.  

Growing up in Halifax, Ellie was a very lively child. Her parents decided to enroll her in gymnastics as a means of harnessing her abundance of energy. “I was seven when I started gymnastics,” she recalls. “People always told my dad that he should put me in gymnastics because I always had lots of energy and I was always bouncing around the house.”

When she’s not in the gym, Ellie is just like most girls her age. She likes to listen to music, read books and hang out with her friends – it helps her to Keep it Fun. She is particularly happy that the Canada Games are being held on her home turf this year so her friends and family can come cheer her on. “It’ll be really great having people there to support me. My friends and family are very, very supportive.”

Ellie knows that Staying Healthy is important for all athletes to maintain a demanding training and competition schedule. Proper training and diet can make a world of difference in the progress of a gymnast.  “You have to eat well and sleep well to perform at your best. If you take off time, it will take you double the time to get back to where you were.”

Self doubt and hesitation can rattle any athletes’ nerves in practices and in competitions. Ellie’s personal mantra for sport – and life – centers around the importance of self-confidence and drive. “You can’t waste your time thinking about something, you’ve just got to Go For It. And you can’t second guess yourself – you just have to Go For It.”

True Sport wishes to congratulate Ellie on her commitment and pursuit of excellence. All the very best at the Canada Games and beyond!