Ella Greenslade grew up on a farm in Canterbury and started rowing at St Margaret’s College in Christchurch in 2012.
Ella first represented New Zealand at the 2015 World Rowing Junior Championships, an event which acted as a test regatta for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ella and her women’s coxless four crew picked up a silver medal at the event. A move to Central Rowing Performance Centre and Wairau Rowing Club saw Ella gain selection in the U23 women’s eight in 2016. This crew went on to the 2016 World Rowing Championships regatta, a combination of junior, U23 and senior competition in Rotterdam. The eight finished an agonising 0.3 seconds off bronze. The following year Ella was in the U23 women’s coxless four, but it was 2018 when she really announced herself on the world stage, gaining selection in the elite women’s eight. The crew picked up a silver and bronze from World Rowing Cups II and III respectively and ended up 7th at the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. In 2019 Ella was reselected into the women’s eight which took wins at Henley and World Rowing Cup III before the maiden gold medal at the World Rowing Championships for a New Zealand women’s eight.
Following this success Ella came away with a silver medal as part of the women's eight at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Off the water Ella has studied art history at Otago University and is currently studying art.