Ellie Black (Canada)

“Winning the silver all-around medal at worlds was incredible”

30 March 2018 –  Ellie Black has been a member of the Canadian women’s team for some years now, having competed at two Olympic Games (2012 and 2016) and several world championships. Her standout moment was winning the all-around silver medal at the 2017 world championships in Montreal. She also won five medals at the 2015 Pan American Games, three of them gold, including the all-around title – the first to be won by a gymnast not from the United States at this event since 1983. We caught up with her in Australia just before the Commonwealth games started.

“I think it’s an amazing competition,” she says of the Commonwealth Games. “It’s really fun, one of my favourites. This is my first time in Australia so it’s a very cool experience.”

Ellie is keen to emphasise the importance of the team competition over her personal expectations. Four years ago, at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Canadian women’s team did not do so well, finishing fourth, a result she would rather forget.

“We were fourth, I think…. I can’t remember,” she says with a laugh. “I wouldn’t say it was our greatest competition. Sometimes that happens, you don’t have a great day. So our main goal here is the team competition, and hopefully do better than last time.”

This competition is Ellie’s first since the 2017 world championships, and she regards it as a stepping stone to other events later in the year. “Winning the silver all-around medal at worlds was incredible – such an amazing experience,” she says. “We took a bit of a break and we’re still building back up. This is going to be my first competition competing in the all-around since world championships, so I’m just excited to get back out there and build for the rest of the year.” 

Canada did indeed improve on their 2014 result – they won the Commonwealth Games team gold medal, and Ellie won all-around gold and silver on vault.