This week we’ve received the sad news that snowboarder Ellie Soutter has tragically passed away on her birthday. Aged just 18, Ellie was an up-and-coming snowboarding star, and was considered one of British snowboarding’s future hopes. She was a regular on the Freeride Junior Tour over the last few seasons, winning the Chamonix stop in 2016 and regularly hitting the podium - most recently in March of this year, at Verbier's 3-star event.

"Ellie had set her sights on competing at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing"

In snowboard cross she represented Team GB in the 2017 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival, winning bronze, and had set her sights on competing at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

It’s heartbreaking that the snowboard world won’t get to see what next steps this budding talent might have taken. We hope that her legacy is an inspiration to other young girls wishing to make a bid for the mountains.

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Beyond snowboarding, it shouldn’t be overlooked that Ellie was only a teenager, and had a whole lifetime of experiences of ahead of her. A number of tributes from her friends, teammates and snowsports champions from around the world reference Ellie’s energy and enthusiasm for life, and are a testament to how much of an impact she had on the people around her.

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Our deepest condolences go out to her friends and family.

Ellie Soutter, 2000 - 2018. Rest in peace.