“As long as I’ve got my layers on, I think I’ll be fine.” Ellie Turner Moves From Australia to Canada to Train in Person with Coach, Michele Letendre
Rookie Aussie Games athlete, Ellie Turner, is trading in the tank top for a winter coat. After making her first CrossFit Games appearance in Madison this past summer, she’s looking to take the next step forward in her athletic career by moving from Australia to Montreal.
“Moving across the country is pretty scary and uncomfortable, so it’s something I had to really think about. But after the Games, I just realized that I’m willing to do anything to make my career even better and this just seemed like the right thing to do.”
The 23-year-old is making the move to Montreal ahead of the new year to train in person for the first time with her coach, Michele Letendre. Letendre, a multi-year Games veteran herself is the founder of Deka Comp and trains Games athlete Pat Vellner – potentially giving Turner a training partner.
“Coming over to train and see Michele seemed like the right thing to do. I don’t really have any set in stone plans yet, I’m just going to kind of go with the flow and see how I cope with the cold, things like that, but the plan is to head over for the first bit of the season, the Open and Quarterfinals…There was a little bit of discussion maybe going and training with Pat for a little bit but I’m really pretty open and flexible with my plans and I’ll see what happens and go from there.”
Finishing 26th overall at the Games, Turner is hoping this move will give her the competitive edge that she needs to not only qualify for the Games again but jump up the leaderboard.
“I didn’t really know where I stood, I had only done one competition before that against some of the Aussie girls so I was just going into the season with the goal of just being the best that I can and see where I stand. So this season has been a bit different in terms of okay, I’ve made the Games and that’s where I’m aiming to get back to. So I think training has taken a bit of a step up from where I was in this position last year.”
Before you find Turner in Montreal, you can see her throwing down in Miami competing in the women’s elite individual division at Wodapalooza.