Ellidy Pullin, the widow of Australian snowboarding champion Alex ‘Chump’ Pullin, has given birth to their baby girl, 16 months after his death.

Minnie Alex Pullin was conceived via posthumous IVF, after the Olympian and world champion died during a spearfishing incident in July 2020. Ellidy revealed in July this year that she was expecting Alex’s baby.

“Bubba Chump coming this October,” she wrote in her pregnancy announcement. “Your Dad and I have been dreaming of you for years little one. 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!”

Ellidy has today shared a video on Instagram stories, saying, “Hello, I have a baby!”. She added, “And we have been a little busy and tired.”

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When she first revealed her pregnancy, Ellidy explained that she and Alex had been trying for a baby before his tragic death. “IVF was on our cards but it wasn’t something I ever imagined I’d be tackling on my own. Bittersweet like none other, I’ve never been more certain or excited about anything in my entire life.”

She explained that a doctor retrieved sperm from Alex’s body not long after his death. “We were able to hustle – Chumpy’s parents were in town, everyone was signing court documents, legal documents and dealing with the coroners and the lawyers and the doctor.”

Ellidy Vlug baby

Just days ago the widow opened up about her bittersweet feelings leading up to the birth.

“Every day I see guys walking along the beach with their chicks and the guy is carrying the baby in the carrier on his chest and the girl’s got the dog,” she said on her Darling Shine! podcast.

“When I see a dad with a baby it f***ing kills me, and I am so happy for that person, it’s not a pity party here. I’m having a baby which is going to be the most beautiful thing ever and bittersweet in that it’s almost going to create more trauma here and there.

“My grief is for Chump, he’s missing out on being a dad, I see dads with their babies knowing how good he would have been.”

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  • Beautiful way to remember him.


  • How special for her and the extended family. Love this!


  • I’m sure Alex (Chump) would have been there in spirit watching his son coming into the world. I’m sure everything will be fine and remember that you are never alone. Congratulations on the birth of your daughter.


  • Such a sad story with a beautiful ending. Congratulations to Ellidy and family.


  • I feel sad and happy for her at the same time. Such a blessing but so sad it’s not how they’d planned


  • I wish to know who they are but still congratulations


  • This is an interesting and amazing story. I imagine she will have an entire village to help her raise this baby so she won’t be doing it alone.


  • My very best wishes to her after this brave decision. It won’t be easy, but I hope there’s joy.


  • Not sure I could do this. Financially I doubt it would be within my reach. Happy for her though, achieving her dreams


  • What a wonderful blessing, Alex will certainly be looking down on them. xx

    • That’s what I think too ashblonde !


  • Congratulations to her! I don’t know if I could do it but good on her


  • So heart breaking life journey.She is a strong women.


  • Beautiful bubba. So heartbreaking and so sweet st the same time. All the best to mum and bub


  • Congratulations on your sweet beautiful baby.


  • It’s sad and beautiful at the same time ! I can totally understand her desire to carry the child from her belated husband


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