Olympic gymnast Ellie Black honoured with Order of Nova Scotia at just 23
Canada's Ellie Black shows off her gold medal at the women's artistic all around gymnastics competition during the Pan American Games in Toronto on Monday, July 13, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
THE CANADIAN PRESS
Published Friday, October 5, 2018 1:36PM ADT
Last Updated Friday, October 5, 2018 3:51PM ADT
HALIFAX -- Olympic gymnast Ellie Black has been named to the Order of Nova Scotia -- becoming only the second person under 25 to ever receive the honour.
The other young Nova Scotian named to the Order: NHL star Sidney Crosby, who was inducted in 2009.
Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc announced Black and five other recipients on Friday, revealing a list that includes an expert on the Halifax Explosion, a frozen blueberry mogul and a Cape Breton nurse who overcame racial discrimination.
The 23-year-old Black represented Canada twice at the Summer Olympic Games, placing fifth in the women's individual all-around for the country's best Olympic result in the event.
The Halifax native has also won medals at the Pan-American Games and led her team to gold at this year's Commonwealth Games.
Other 2018 inductees include John Bragg of Oxford Frozen Foods and Eastlink; Clotilda Douglas-Yakimchuk who became the first, and only, black president of the Registered Nurses' Association of Nova Scotia; and author and scholar Janet Kitz, who has spent years educating people about the Halifax Explosion.
Patti Melanson of Halifax is also being invested for her work providing health care to vulnerable people, while Halifax high school principal Wade Smith will receive the honour posthumously for his advocacy work on education and the preservation of African Nova Scotian culture.
"Beyond honoured to be named a recipient to the Order of Nova Scotia alongside these incredible Nova Scotians!" Black tweeted Friday. "Congratulations to you all."
A news release from the lieutenant-governor's office Friday said Black is an ambassador for both gymnastics and the province.
"Ellie is an outstanding role model for her peers and young gymnasts, demonstrating a great work ethic and a graciousness in both victory and loss. Ms. Black takes time with her young fans, acknowledging their support and sharing her experiences," the release said.
The recipients will be recognized at a ceremony on Nov. 6.
The order was established in 2001. Recipients gain the right to use the initials O.N.S. after their names.