An aspiring female British snowboarder, Ellie Soutter took her own life in a forest outside of Les Gets in France on July 25th after missing a plane flight to meet up for training with Team Great Britain reports the Daily Mail.
Soutter’s father, Tony penned a heartfelt Facebook post saying, “I was so proud of the beautiful young woman she had turned into. Ellie I will miss you more than you could have ever imagined. Rest in peace you little Champion !”
Those same sentiments were echoed across the winter sports world as tributes came fast via Instagram.
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So sad to hear the news of the passing of this little ball of energy @elliesoutter You really were a beautiful girl with an amazing zest for life! Such a fun teammate, you made me smile everyday, cracking all the jokes and enjoying life to it’s fullest! I’m going to miss you and your amazing energy. RIP you little champ! 😘 All my thoughts to your family and friends 🙏 #rip #elliesoutter #beautifulgirl #goingtomissyou
Her father has since set up a GoFundMe page to support athletes like Ellie handle the stresses of competitive life.
Please consider giving as these type of things happen too often to young souls this day in age.
TEAM Great Britain Obituary:
ELLIE SOUTTER 2000-2018
British Ski & Snowboard is saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Ellie Soutter, 18.
Ellie was one of the country’s best up-and-coming snowboarders, competing in both snowboard cross and freeride.
A bronze medallist in snowboard cross at the 2017 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Erzurum, Turkey, Ellie claimed Team GB’s only medal of the event.
She spent the 2017/18 season competing on the Freeride Junior Tour, but was due to return to snowboard cross competition next month after being selected in the British team for the Junior World Championships in New Zealand. She was an inaugural member of the British Europa Cup snowboard cross programme which commenced earlier this year.
The thoughts and condolences of the British Ski & Snowboard community are with Ellie’s family, friends and teammates.
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Find the entire Daily Mail article here: ‘She wanted to be good at everything’: Heartbroken uncle of Team GB snowboarder Ellie Soutter reveals she was found dead in woodland in France after killing herself on her 18th birthday