Ellie: Now family launches foundation to help young athletes

THE funeral of teenage Team GB snowboarder Ellie Soutter who grew up Oxted, will take place in France on Thursday where she took her own life on July 25.

Ellie, who attended the Hawthorns School, Bletchingley, and described as “one of the country’s best up-and-coming snowboarders”, died on her 18th birthday.

Now her family have set up a foundation in her name which they hope will help young winter sports athletes needing financial support.
Ellie initially started the fundraiser to fund her own career.
Her family have taken it on, increasing the target to 100,000 euros (£89,000) with a view to helping other athletes.
The Go Fund Me campaign has raised more than 6,500 euros (£5,750.

“Since the tragic death of my beautiful daughter, we have decided to set up in her memory the Ellie Soutter Foundation,” her father Tony wrote on Facebook.
“This is a fundraiser for young winter athletes like Ellie, to help enable them to achieve their potential and dreams.”

Mr Soutter has said he believes his daughter’s history of mental health issues coupled with the pressure of elite performance may have contributed to her ending her life in Les Gets in the French Alps.
Mr Soutter added: “Mental health awareness needs to be really looked at and made more public.”

A spokesman for UK Sport said: “This is a desperately sad situation and our thoughts are with all of Ellie’s family and friends.
“We are working with all of our Olympic and Paralympic programmes and the mental health charity Mind to make sure appropriate support is in place.”

Last year Ellie claimed Team GB’s only medal at the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Erzurum, Turkey.
A Freeride and Boardercross specialist, she had just been selected for the British team for the Junior World Championships in New Zealand.
Ellie was due to return to snowboard cross competition this month.

She was an inaugural member of the British Europa Cup snowboard cross programme, and had been tipped to win a place in the Team GB squad for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Her official website described going to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as her “ultimate ambition”, while listing her as an ambassador for the Les Gets Ski Station in the French Alps.

See Http://www.theelliesoutter.foundationellie 2

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