Not only is Ellen an accomplished athlete, she works as an administration assistant for one of Australia’s biggest equipment hiring companies, Coates Hire. She also volunteers with Girls Guides and is into film making.
Ellen says she has the “energy to do all the activities and explore new things” by keeping fit through Y gymnastics and having a personal trainer. Her next goals are embarking on a course to become a gymnastics coach and competing in the Down Syndrome World Games in Turkey next year.
Y Moments caught up with Ellen for a Q & A. Here’s what she said:
Q: What are the best things about training at the Y?
A: Great friends, great coaches and I have a lot of fun. I like the challenge of learning new things and seeing how much I have improved.
Q: What is your favourite apparatus?
A: I have two – bars and floor
Q: Congratulations on your success at the World Games. What medals did you receive?
A: Gold – All Round, Gold – Beam, Gold – Floor, Bronze – Bars, 4th – Vault
Q: How did it make you feel winning those medals?
A: Happy, proud of myself. My parents are very proud of me. The medal presentation was live streamed, so friends and family all around the world were able to watch too.
Q: When you are competing what goes through your mind?
A: Focus on what I am doing. I hear my coach’s voice in my head.
Q: How do you deal with nerves?
A: I don’t get nervous doing gymnastics. I only get nervous when I go to the hospital.
Q: What were the best things about going to Abu Dhabi?
A: We went to a music festival in Dubai and the rides were great! Going out into the desert in a 4WD over the sand dunes was great. I rode a camel and had a BBQ out in the desert. The salads and chips were yummy!
Q: What was it like meeting the Governor General and his wife before you went?
A: It was amazing! They are very nice people and were very friendly.
Q: Describe how it felt to be representing your country?
A: I am honoured, because not everyone gets to do that. Wearing the green and gold is nice.
Q: What are some of your favourite things about your job at Coates Hire?
A: I love travelling there and back on public transport by myself. The people I work with are friendly and helpful. They supported me a lot when I went to Abu Dhabi. They welcomed me back with a big afternoon tea and invited Mum and Dad to come too. Dad was crying he was so proud and happy.
Q: What does having this job mean to you?
A: It means a lot. I get to learn new things, work with nice people and save up money for my own house and a cat.