Eleanor (Ellie) Smart, 21 years-old, is a Professional Cliff Diver from the USA. Her love for diving began at the age of five when she competed in her first diving competition. Growing up she did both gymnastics and diving competitively at the National level. At the age of fifteen, she moved away from home to focus solely on diving and learn a full ten meter list. The following year she qualified for her first Senior National competition on platform. Ellie then went onto dive collegiately at the University of California, Berkeley, where she qualified for NCAA’s on platform and won a National Title in 2015. However, due to injury she retired after her sophomore season. She graduated with a degree in Media Studies, and then began her Master in Sport Psychology in the fall of 2016.
Ellie’s cliff diving career began by pure chance in the fall of 2016 when her best friend convinced her to go cliff jumping. She instantly fell in love and realized that all of her past training had been preparing her for this next challenge, and she quickly set her sights on becoming a high diver. In the spring of 2017, Ellie went to Plymouth, England, to learn a high diving list. Shortly after was invited to compete in her first Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series event where she took fifth place. Ellie made two more appearances in the Red Bull World Series this season as a wildcard, and she also took first place in the WHDF Agios Nikolaos Cliff Diving Competition. In addition to her diving career, Ellie founded The Clean Cliffs Project to bring awareness to the global issue of plastic pollution.