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

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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 given her “unwavering support and love” in the year after his death.

“My friends literally deserve a medal for the way they’ve appeared for me over the past year,” she began, sharing a series of photos of what appeared to be her recent baby shower.

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

“Instead of feeling uneasy and retreating into unfathomable circumstances, they stepped into this wild year of “firsts” without my Chumpy, and that can’t be easy!

“Take this s**t with me first, run to the pain and suffering, use it as fuel to nurture and care for each other, appreciate every moment, live and be kind.”

She added: “My crew, near and far, are constantly 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 given her

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 given her “unwavering support and love” in the year after his death.

“I feel so grateful and lucky to be able to bring Chumpy’s daughter or son into this love bubble.”

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

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

“My friends literally deserve a medal for the way they’ve appeared for me over the past year,” she began, sharing a series of photos of what appeared to have been her recent baby shower.

Ellidy revealed that in the days after his death on July 8 last year, they had to “rush” to get Chumpy’s sperm.

Under Queensland law, semen may be removed posthumously if a designated officer declares they believe the deceased would not object.

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

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

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

An IVF specialist will assist with the retrieval, with a recommended removal time of 24 to 36 hours after death.

Ellidy admitted it was quite an undertaking, requiring everyone to sign 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 raise a child with Chumpy.

When Life Gives You Lemons: In her June podcast Darling, Shine!, Ellidy spoke of her desperate rush to collect his sperm after his tragic death

When Life Gives You Lemons: In her June podcast Darling, Shine!, Ellidy spoke of 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 have big shoes to fill,” she continued.

“I must be father and mother in one, and not just any father, I must be a fat father.”

She added: “I go through a lot every day and I will mourn forever. That never leaves you, but I was always so sure of one thing – that I would always 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 have big shoes to fill,

“I’m not saying it’s going to be easy or a walk in the park. I have a lot ahead of me, I have big shoes to fill,” she said earlier about becoming a single mother

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