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The Ellie Soutter Foundation
Since the tragic passing of Ellie on her 18th birthday, 25th July 2018, in her memory, we, her family, have decided to continue fundraising under Ellie's name for young winter athletes that need financial assistance to achieve their potential and dreams, in much the same way as Ellie had looked for your help.
Ellie Soutter was one of the most progressive Junior Female Snowboard Athletes of Great Britain.
Ellie became Vice champion of the world in the Junior Freeride World Tour in 2017. She was winner of a Bronze medal for Team GB at the 2017 European Youth Olympics and was tipped to be one of GBs strongest contenders for the 2022 winter Olympics amongst other numerous podium finishes throughout Europe and the southern hemisphere.
As a junior athlete coming from a family without substantial wealth, Ellie often had to miss out on competing and training through lack of funds. She felt and understood the constant pressure to obtain the necessary funds for her training and events. A full season of required training to maintain this level of competition was in excess of £30,000 annually. At this time, as a Junior GB athlete, there is minimal or no funding for travel or accommodation and athletes have to pay a subscription for coaching.
We have decided to form The Ellie Soutter Foundation in her memory to help and assist other young winter athletes in similar circumstances.
If you would like to check out more info about Ellie's past achievements (results, photos, etc) see the links below:
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/EllieSoutterSnowboarder/
Thank you for your time and we hope you will support us in helping other young winter athletes.
When their friends are all going out as normal teenagers drinking and partying young athletes have to think twice about the consequences of a night out, they are also unable to hold down a job whether it be part time or full to fund their own life, due to training commitments.
Education also becomes an issue so they often have to take up home schooling
and due to the reduction in a normal social life it can be very lonely at times for them.
When as Ellie, a young athlete starts to achieve world rankings, this just adds to the pressures of life to maintain or better those rankings, so this is another area they need coaching in.
A season for an athlete such as Ellie would run to in excess of €32,000
Ellie was constantly worried about how much of a financial burden her sport was for me, and as a teenager this should not have been the case. Unfortunately, big companies shy away from young athletes as they are not brandable until they become adults.
We are setting up The Ellie Soutter Foundation to relive some financial pressure for young winter athletes and also bring awareness to people around these athletes of the pressures they are under. We hope to soon be ready for applications that will be assessed by a group of trusties and award finance to help with travel, accommodation and mental health coaching were needed.
Sorry for your loss, but thank you for keeping her memory alive through this fantastic fund. As the father of an aspirant figure skater who suffers from depression, we are always aware of the pressures that these athletes on themselves. I think that they are even more critical of themselves when one comes from a "lessor" financial backing and this fund will hopefully help some athletes achieve their potential without the added financial pressures.
My Heart Goes Out To You Tony As Well As The Entire Family... Sad Day Indeed... I Fully Understand Their Pressures Of Competing At This Level, My Son William Is On Team Canada (Snowboarding) And It's Not An Easy Go... God Bless You, You're In Our Thoughts And Prayers... Wyatt Buffey
Very sad to hear of Ellie's death and my heart goes out to her family and friends. Let Ellie's memory endure if only for the reason that others can be helped should they find themselves in the same situation as Ellie. God bless you Ellie.
A wonderful idea Tony in memory of little Ellie. May this foundation act as an inspiration to all the future kids who struggle to meet the demands of the funding required. Your daughter will not have died in vain and her name will be forever remembered. Be proud of her Tony as she was so very proud of you x
Our dear son Graham took his life in a moment of distress that could have been easilyresolved. But to a 19 year old, it seemed insurmountable. Our prayers are with your family and friends. With much love and hope, The Burton family
We are so sad to hear of your loss of beautiful and talented young Ellie. Please accept our heartfelt and deepest condolences. Our thoughts will be with you all on Thursday. We wish you every Good luck with the Ellie Soutter Foundation, we will pass the message to all our friends. Maybe it is worth approaching Josh Groban for permission to use his recently released (7th June 2018) song "granted" in your campaign as the lyrics are so beautiful....like our young people....Like Ellie ♥️
Hello Tony, I’m so sorry for your loss but am really inspired in how you’re turning this into something to help others. I’m the founder of a worldwide mental health org. I’m verified on Twitter and have over 150,000 followers. I also do a lot for mental health and use my past as inspiration for others including males. We have worked with celebs, influencers and even TeamGB members. I also received praise for Her Majesty The Queen last year and was invited to B Palace to meet the Royal Family. I would like to help where I can. If you would like to talk or would like my support then please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m @SamCarvalho on Twitter or you can contact my team at media [at] samuel-c.com to reach me. The thoughts of everyone from Support.how are with you and your family. xxx Kind regards, Samuel Carvalho.