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Girlfriend of snowboarder Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin reveals she’s pregnant with their child

The grieving girlfriend of champion snowboarder Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin has revealed the bittersweet news she is pregnant with their child, almost a year after his death. 

Ellidy Vlug, 29, made the heartwarming announcement to her 57,000 Instagram followers through a series of photos of her swollen stomach on Sunday. 

Her late partner and three-time Olympian Alex Pullin, 32, tragically drowned in a freak diving accident at Palm Beach on the Gold Coast in July last year. 

The snowboarder was spearfishing when he suffered a shallow water blackout and drowned, with his distraught partner arriving on the beach as the tragedy unfolded. 

The couple had been trying for a baby before his death, prompting Ms Vlug to seek out IVF treatment in the hope of keeping his memory alive. 

The grieving girlfriend of champion snowboarder Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin (pictured, together) has revealed the bittersweet news she is pregnant with their child, almost a year after his death

Ellidy Vlug, 29, made the heartwarming announcement to her 57,000 Instagram followers through a series of photos of her swollen stomach on Sunday

Ellidy Vlug, 29, made the heartwarming announcement to her 57,000 Instagram followers through a series of photos of her swollen stomach on Sunday

‘Bubba Chump coming this October’, Ms Vlug captioned the post, receiving well-wishes from pro-surfers Mick Fanning and Alana Blanchard in the comments. 

‘When my love had his accident, we all held onto hope that I’d be pregnant that month. We’d been trying for a baby’, the 29-year-old model wrote. 

‘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.’

The news comes after Ms Vlug spoke candidly of the intense heartache she feels a year after the loss of Pullin, which she describes as feeling ‘surreal’. 

The model has already introduced her bump to her late partner's parents (pictured) as they posed in front of an image of Mr Pullin in the Winter Olympics

The model has already introduced her bump to her late partner’s parents (pictured) as they posed in front of an image of Mr Pullin in the Winter Olympics 

Her late partner and three-time Olympian Alex Pullin, 32, (pictured, together with their dog Rummi) drowned in a freak diving accident at Palm Beach on the Gold Coast in July last year

Her late partner and three-time Olympian Alex Pullin, 32, (pictured, together with their dog Rummi) drowned in a freak diving accident at Palm Beach on the Gold Coast in July last year

On the podcast she co-hosts with friend Chloe Fisher, the wife of international DJ Paul Fisher, ‘Darling, shine!’, she admitted to still feeling ‘like a robot’. 

‘I miss him. I want him back. ‘I just can’t believe he’s not about to walk in the door any day’, Ms Vlug said. 

‘I go to text him, I go to call him still. I f***ing just wish he would come back. And I still can’t believe he can’t.’

The model described how she had ‘this really crazy feeling in my heart’ on the day of Pullin’s death, but put it down to stress induced by the upcoming weekend. 

‘It was just a feeling I’ve never felt before. That day I got home from that walk and it kind of all eventuated Chump had literally passed away… I just don’t even know how to even say that word.’

Ms Vlug previously told Daily Mail Australia Pullin had been an experienced free diver and ‘had mastered the art of holding his breath for long periods of time’. 

'I miss him. I want him back. 'I just can't believe he's not about to walk in the door any day', Ms Vlug said of her late partner Alex Pullin (pictured, together) on her podcast 'Darling, shine!'

‘I miss him. I want him back. ‘I just can’t believe he’s not about to walk in the door any day’, Ms Vlug said of her late partner Alex Pullin (pictured, together) on her podcast ‘Darling, shine!’

The snowboarder (pictured with his beloved dog Rummi) was spearfishing when he suffered a shallow water blackout and drowned, with his distraught partner arriving on the beach as the tragedy unfolded

The snowboarder (pictured with his beloved dog Rummi) was spearfishing when he suffered a shallow water blackout and drowned, with his distraught partner arriving on the beach as the tragedy unfolded

The Olympian often went out spearfishing on his own or with friends, and Ms Vlug said she never once had any concerns about anything going askew.

On the morning of his death, the couple woke late before Pullin decided to go get some sun. 

Ms Vlug told Daily Mail Australia she last saw her boyfriend alive moments before he’d decided to go for a dive, telling him: ‘Love you, watch out for sharks’.

Ms Vlug then went for a walk, returning home to find a neighbour at her door telling her a spearfisher had been pulled from the ocean.

The 29-year-old told listeners the couple were constantly (pictured) pinching themselves at how lucky they were, and said they had been trying for a baby

The 29-year-old told listeners the couple were constantly (pictured) pinching themselves at how lucky they were, and said they had been trying for a baby

She then raced to the beach with her mother, where she was told the body belonged to her boyfriend of eight years.

Paramedics performed CPR for 45 minutes on Pullin but were unable to revive him. 

The 29-year-old told listeners the couple were constantly pinching themselves at how lucky they were, and said they had been trying for a baby. 

As it nears the one-year-anniversary of Pullin’s death, the model admitted she feels more angry than sad, and said her late partner had been a role model to many. 

‘Apparently he’s in a higher place, serving a purpose up there, doing bigger and better things… apparently,’ she said.

‘But selfishly I just want him here.

As it nears the one-year-anniversary of Pullin's death, the model admitted she feels more angry than sad, and said her late partner had been a role model to many

As it nears the one-year-anniversary of Pullin’s death, the model admitted she feels more angry than sad, and said her late partner had been a role model to many

'Apparently he's in a higher place, serving a purpose up there, doing bigger and better things ¿ apparently. But selfishly I just want him here', Ms Vlug said of her late partner (pictured together)

‘Apparently he’s in a higher place, serving a purpose up there, doing bigger and better things … apparently. But selfishly I just want him here’, Ms Vlug said of her late partner (pictured together)

‘I just feel like a deep sadness for Chumpy and what he’s missing out on, what he was going to accomplish; because he was such a talented person that had so much ahead of him.’  

She added that she wanted to connect with as many widows from around the world as possible, to reassure them they weren’t alone in their grief.  

A dawn service was held to commemorate the 32-year-old in the waters at Palm Beach, just meters from where the Olympic snowboarder tragically drowned.  

Joined by an army of surfing mates, friends and family, Ms Vlug took to the water donning a wreaths of flowers to share an emotional farewell to her partner. 

Surfer Mick Fanning and Pullin’s father joined the mourners in a paddle out while grieving locals joined by the couple’s beloved cattle dog Rumi, planted bouquets of flowers in the sand. 

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