Elsabeth Ann “Ellie” Black was born 8 September 1995 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is an artistic gymnast who started competitive gymnastics at the age of nine. Watching the Beijing Olympics 2008 Artistic Gymnastics Competition on television sparked her Olympic Dream.
The two-time Olympian represented her country at the London and Rio Summer Olympics. In 2012, she helped the Canadian team to qualify to the team finals for the first time in history. While in 2016, she finished fifth in the individual all-around which is the highest placement ever recorded by a Canadian gymnast.
Black made a historic performance at the 2015 FIG World Championships, finishing seventh in the women’s individual all-around for Canada’s best-ever result in the event. She won gold medal in the individual all-around during the 2015 Pan Am Games making her the first Canadian to win in the event since San Juan in 1979 and the first non-American to win since Caracas in 1983.
She is the Canada’s first ever all-around medalist at the worlds when she made history by winning the all-around silver medal during the 2017 FIG World Championships in Montreal. In 2018 she was named one of the greatest 15 athletes in Nova Scotian history. She is also the 2018 Commonwealth Games all-around champion, and a six-time Canadian national all-around champion (2013-2015, 2017-2019).
During the 2019 Pan Am Games, Black made more history when she became the first woman to win back-to-back gold medals in the individual all-around at the Pan Am Games.