Canadian artistic gymnast Ellie Black took home three silver medals at the recently held 2016 Elite Canada Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Halifax.
Last Sunday, during the Elite Canada Gymnastics competition, the 20-year-old athlete showcased her talent in the balance beam event of the competition that took place at the Canada Games Centre.
The success that she has attained in the competition was not defined by the medals hanging around her neck, but rather by the young gymnasts that surrounded her.
The young Canadian gymnast brought home three silver medals in front of a local crowd Sunday, capturing second place in the senior women’s division on beam, floor and vault. She also took fourth place on the uneven bars, and won the bronze in the all-around event last Friday.
“Overall, I was pretty happy with the performances,” Ellie Black said following medal presentations, as the Elite Canada competition came to an end and a group of young girls patiently waited for the opportunity to ask autographs and photos from her.
“I did all four events, so it was a good opportunity from Day One to just go in and fix some things up,” she told of one of the biggest sporting event in the country this season, which accommodated the most prominent male and female gymnasts all over the country.
“I had a couple of mistakes here and there,” Ellie Black said, but “that’s part of the process and getting back into competition.”
The young athlete fell awkwardly while on the uneven bars, but insisted that her knee seems to be fine. She also failed to land properly after dismounting on the beam, which is typically her best event.
“That’s the main thing, is just keeping healthy,” she said. “Sometimes things like that happen.”
Ellie Black, who is a member of the Halifax Alta Gymnastics Club, is competing for one of the five available spots on the Canadian contingent that will represent the country at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Black formerly represented Canada at the 2012 Summer Olympics and numerous other international events.
The young athlete obtained the gold medal in the women’s all-around event of the Pan Am Games, which made her the first non-American female gymnast to claim it in 32 years.
Despite only being 20 years old, Ellie black is considered as a veteran in the Canadian gymnastics team. In the Elite Canada competition, she was surrounded by several emerging gymnasts who are trying to make their mark on the gymnastics stage.
“On vault she was giving me some tips to make my vault better,” said Tehya Benjamin, Black’s clubmate at the Halifax Alta Gymnastics Club. “She just gives little tips that help you improve.”
The 20-year old Canadian gymnast claimed that the Canadian gymnastics team is more than ready to compete at the Rio Summer Olympics.
“We have some juniors who are moving up into the senior category who are looking great, so I think it’s just really positive for gymnastics in Canada. I think this is the strongest we’ve ever been and this is the most depth we’ve ever had heading into an Olympic year,” Black said.
Meanwhile, on the men’s event, Canadian veteran gymnast Hugh Smith took home two gold medals (floor and vault) while also grabbing the silver on rings last Saturday. In total, there were at least 20 local athletes who participated in the event.
“We had an awesome crowd,” Ellie said.
In June, Ellie Black will find out if she’ll be selected to represent the white and red in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The probability looks pretty high, nonetheless.
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