Olympic snowboarder Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin’s pregnant widow Ellidy praises friends for their support

Ellidy Pullin has thanked her friends as she prepares to welcome her first child without her late husband, Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin.

In an emotional post on Instagram on Thursday, the 29-year-old widow of the late Olympic snowboarder said her friends had provided her with ‘unwavering support and love’ in the year after his death.  

‘My friends literally deserve a medal for the way they have shown up for me the past year,’ she began, sharing a series of photos from what appeared to have been her recent baby shower. 

Supported: Ellidy Pullin has thanked her friends as she prepares to welcome her first child without her late husband, Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin

‘Instead of feeling awkward and withdrawing in unfathomable circumstances, they stepped the f**k up in this wild year of “firsts” without my Chumpy, and that cannot be easy! 

‘Taking this s**t on head first with me, running towards the pain and suffering, using it as fuel to cherish and look after each other, appreciate every moment, live and be kind.’ 

She added: ‘My crew near and far continually injecting me with energy and grit to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Surrounded by love: In an emotional post on Instagram on Thursday, the 29-year-old widow of Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin (left) said her friends had provided her with 'unwavering support and love' in the year after his death

Surrounded by love: In an emotional post on Instagram on Thursday, the 29-year-old widow of Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin (left) said her friends had provided her with ‘unwavering support and love’ in the year after his death

‘I feel so grateful and lucky to be bringing Chumpy’s daughter or son into this love bubble.’ 

Ellidy announced she was pregnant with Chumpy’s baby on Instagram in June, almost a year after he drowned while spearfishing at a reef off Queensland’s Palm Beach. 

Speaking on her podcast, Darling, Shine!, back in June, Ellidy spoke about her desperate rush to collect his sperm after his tragic death.  

'My friends literally deserve a medal for the way they have shown up for me the past year,' she began, sharing a series of photos from what appeared to have been her recent baby shower

‘My friends literally deserve a medal for the way they have shown up for me the past year,’ she began, sharing a series of photos from what appeared to have been her recent baby shower

Ellidy revealed they had to ‘hustle’ to retrieve Chumpy’s sperm in the days after his death on July 8 last year.

Under Queensland legislation, sperm can be removed posthumously when a designated officer declares their belief that the deceased wouldn’t object.

The consent of the immediate family – including Chumpy’s parents – is also required before any sperm can be retrieved. 

Expecting: Ellidy announced she was pregnant with Chumpy's baby on Instagram in June, almost a year after he drowned while spearfishing at a reef off Queensland's Palm Beach

Expecting: Ellidy announced she was pregnant with Chumpy’s baby on Instagram in June, almost a year after he drowned while spearfishing at a reef off Queensland’s Palm Beach

An IVF specialist assists with the retrieval, with a recommended removal timeframe of between 24 and 36 hours after death. 

Ellidy admitted it was quite an undertaking, with everyone having to sign off on legal documents, while also dealing with coroners, lawyers and doctors.  

She said her pregnancy is ‘the most bittersweet thing in the world’, but added that she was determined to parent a child with Chumpy. 

When life gives you lemons: Speaking on her podcast, Darling, Shine!, back in June, Ellidy spoke about her desperate rush to collect his sperm after his tragic death

When life gives you lemons: Speaking on her podcast, Darling, Shine!, back in June, Ellidy spoke about her desperate rush to collect his sperm after his tragic death

‘I’m not saying it’s going to be easy or a walk in the park. I have a lot ahead of me, I’ve got big shoes to fill,’ she continued.

‘I’ve got to be a dad and a mum in one, and not just any dad, I’ve got to be a Chumpy dad.’

She added: ‘I go through a lot every day and I will forever grieve, that never leaves you, but I was always so sure of one thing – that I was always going to have this bub.’ 

'I'm not saying it's going to be easy or a walk in the park. I have a lot ahead of me, I've got big shoes to fill,' she previously said of becoming a single mum

‘I’m not saying it’s going to be easy or a walk in the park. I have a lot ahead of me, I’ve got big shoes to fill,’ she previously said of becoming a single mum

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