The Prince Albert Gymnastics Club hosted a special guest Friday afternoon.
Ellie Black, a two-time Olympian who has also competed for Canada all over the world was training with athletes at the club Friday afternoon.
Speaking with paNOW before getting underway with the training session, Black spoke about how important it is for her to give back to the sport.
“For me, especially being from Nova Scotia and Halifax, we have a lot of community support and I worked with a lot of coaches over the years, to get where I am, I got a lot of help from a lot of people,” she said.
When Ellie Black has the Order of Nova Scotia medal placed around her neck on Tuesday, she’ll be joining very elite company at a staggeringly young age.
Sidney Crosby received the same award back in 2009 at the age of 21. Black, 23, will be the second-youngest recipient. She is also at least half the age of most of the distinguished individuals in the Order.
Ellie Black of Halifax performs on the floor during qualifying sessions for the Gymnastics World Championships at the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar on Sunday. Black and the Canadian contingent made history on Tuesday with a fourth-place finish in the women’s team competition.
Other living top athletes in attendance Thursday included curling legend and CBC reporter Colleen Jones, Hockey Hall of Famer Al MacInnis, Olympic canoeing medallist Steve Giles, kayaking world champion Karen Furneaux, Paralympic gold medallist Jamie Bone, Olympic kayaking medallist Mark de Jonge and Canada’s top gymnast Ellie Black.
“She is in the midst right now of the greatest five-year run that a gymnast in this country, male or female, has ever had. No question,” said Bruce Rainnie, president and CEO of the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame and long-time Olympic broadcaster.
At 21, Ellie Black is one of Canada's most decorated gymnasts.
She has a medal of each colour from both the Pacific Rim Championships and the Commonwealth Games. At the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, no Canadian took home more hardware than Black, who won five medals — including three gold.