Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin: Widow of Olympian gives birth to couple's baby year after snowboarder's death

Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin (left) died in July 2020. His widow Ellidy (right) gave birth to their child this week. Credit: Instagram/@alexchumpypullin

The widow of Olympic snowboarder Alex "Chumpy" Pullin has given birth to the couple's daughter, 15 months after his tragic death.

Ellidy Pullin, Alex's partner, announced the birth of their baby girl earlier this week on Instagram.

In a video post, she said: "Hello, I've had a baby". She then posted a photo with her newborn daughter, Minnie Alex Pullin. Minnie was born on 25 October, Ms Pullin said.

Alex Pullin competed in three Winter Olympics for Australia, and was his country's flag-bearer at the Sochi 2014 games. The snowboarder died in a fishing accident on the Gold Coast of Australia in July 2020. A snorkeller found his body on the ocean floor. He was 32.

Alex 'Chumpy' Pullins died in a fishing accident on the Gold Coast. He was alone at the time of his death.

Ms Pullin announced that she was pregnant in June. She wrote on social media that she and her husband had been dreaming for years about having a child together.

"With a heart wrenching plot twist in the middle, I am honoured to finally welcome a piece of the phenomenon that is Chumpy back into this world!" she told her 108,000 Instagram followers.

Their daughter was conceived by In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). In her podcast, Ms Pullin said she and her husband had been trying to conceive before his death. She told listeners they had been struggling to conceive and had been looking at IVF treatment.

In an earlier social media post Ms Pullin said she never imagined she'd be "tackling [pregnancy]" on her own.

"Bittersweet like none other, I’ve never been more certain or excited about anything in my entire life," she said.