Strange as it may sound, but it’s not the medals that Ellie Black is aiming for in this weekend’s 2016 Elite Canada Artistic Gymnastics Competition.
Instead, the Canadian gymnast’s goal is, in fact, much more straightforward.
“I want to be the best athlete that I can be,” the young Canadian artistic gymnast said Thursday evening inside the Canada Games Centre, which will be the venue of the said event throughout this weekend.
“Wherever that ranks me, that’s going to be what I’ve worked towards,” Black told of her intention, despite already being a successful and prominent artistic gymnast.
Her recent success includes three gold medal finish at the 2015 Pan American Games, while also bringing home golds at the 2015 Commonwealth Games and the 2014 Pacific Rim Championships.
The young Canadian gymnast also represented her country at the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games, finishing eight on the vault and fifth with the Canadian team.
But for Ellie, “it’s not about the end result; it’s about the process.”
That doesn’t mean that the upcoming competition, dubbed as Elite Canada by gymnastics enthusiasts, doesn’t hold a great significance to the young athlete and other Canadian gymnast.
“This is one of the two main national competitions for us this year,” Black explained. “The highest level gymnasts are here.”
The best artistic gymnasts from all over the country will gather at one of the biggest local sporting event in the country, the Elite Canada, wherein the men’s event will determine this season’s national team and the women’s event to count towards high performance qualification.
Even Ellie Black, who’s a resident of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is still competing for a spot on the Canadian contingent to qualify for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Ellie said that the 2016 Elite Canada Artistic Gymnastics Competition in Halifax will act as the first step towards the Rio Summer Olympics this season.
“This is the start of that process,” the 20-year-old gymnast said. “Everyone is still vying for those spots.”
Black is one of the 20 Canadian gymnasts who’s going to showcase their talents at the Canada Games Centre this weekend, along with the 2013 national men’s champion Hugh Smith, 31, according to Dan Macdonald, the Organizing Committee chairman.
“It’s one of the key competitions,” Macdonald, also a board member of Gymnastics Canada, stated while observing the training sessions Thursday evening.
Despite the tickets for this weekend’s competition running out of stock online, they can still be purchased at the venue starting Friday morning, Macdonal stated. Kids can enjoy watching the action for $10 per day,while adult tickets cost $15/day.
Despite the event being a competition for each and every gymnast competing, Ellie said that this would probably be more meaningful for Nova Scotian gymnasts.
“To be able to compete in front of friends and family and the community, I think is very special,” she sad. “We never really get the opportunity to do that, so it’s great to just show them what we an do.”
The 2016 Elite Canada Artistic Gymnastics competition will take place at the Canada Games Centre, Halifax from 4th to 7th of February 2016.
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