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Tributes come in for Team GB snowboarder Ellie Soutter days after she died on her 18th birthday

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Young British snowboarder, Eliie Soutter, who was considered one of the nation’s most promising talents, has died on her 18th birthday.

Soutter was British winter sports hottest prospect, being the only medal winner for Team GB at the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival last year.

Earlier in July she had been named in the senior GB snowboard cross Europa squad and had also hoped to compete in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, before it was announced the talented athlete had tragically passed away.

Ellie grew up in Oxted, Surrey but later moved to the French alps for better training opportunities. She died near her home in France. 

The news of Ellie’s death was shared through a statement on Team GBs Twitter page, with her father also taking to Facebook to commemorate his daughter.

In the post, Tony Soutter said ‘This cruel world took my soul mate and 'Bessie' from me yesterday on her 18th birthday. Ellie I will miss you more than you could have ever imagined. Rest in peace you little champion."

In a joint statement by the heads of BOA Athlete Commission the British Olympic Association, Ben Hawes and Hugh Robertson, commented on how ‘Ellie was an incredibly popular and well-liked member of the team.’ Going on to add "Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.

Since the announcement of her death, tonnes of tributes have poured in to immortalise the memory of one of British sports biggest prospects.

One of Soutter’s best friends, Jess Boh, posted a personal photo to Instagram with the caption “I have no words, I still can’t believe it. We are gonna miss you so much. You will be always in my hearts and I hope you will keep an eye on us. #rideforellie

 

The British ski-cross champion, Emily Sarsfield spoke on twitter about the snowboarder "Such a fun team-mate, made me smile every day, cracking all the jokes and enjoying life to its fullest. I'm going to miss you and your amazing energy. All my thoughts to your family."

 

In a post-race interview following Soutter’s success at the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival, she said "I just hope this isn't the last medal I win for Team GB. My goal is to compete at Beijing 2022."

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