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A rising snowboarding star, Ellie Soutter has sadly died on her 18th birthday.

 

The teenager won bronze for Team GB at the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Turkey last year.

 

Ellie was tipped to possibly represent Team GB at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

 

 

British Olympic Association chairman, Hugh Robertson and Ben Hawes, the Athlete Commission chairman confirmed her death in a statement:

 

"Ellie was an incredibly popular and well-liked member of the team.

 

"Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time."

 

Ellie had set her sights on the Olympics, calling it her "ultimate ambition."

 

 

The 18-year-old was being coached French Olympic silver medallist Deborah Anthonioz.

 

Her father, Tony Soutter, penned a touching tribute to his daughter on Facebook.

 

"This cruel world took my soulmate and "Bessie" from me yesterday on her 18th birthday."

 

"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!"

 

 

Tony added that there will be toast in Ellie's honour today.

 

Ellie's win in Turkey came when she was just 16-years-old, and she secured the only medal for Team GB at the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival.  

 

After the teenager won the third position, she took to the podium and told British Ski and Snowboard (BSS):

 

"I don't think it's quite sunk in yet. I'm a little bit emotional. I cried as I crossed the line."

 

 

BSS described Ellie as "one of the country's best up-and-coming snowboarders".

 

The rising star was due to take part in a snowboard cross competition next month in New Zealand.

 

Ellie had been selected to represent the British team for the Junior World Championships.

 

BSS issued along with the statement a link to the Samaritans.

 

Anyone feeling emotionally distressed can call the Samaritans for help on (01) 671 0071 (ROI) or email jo@samaritans.ie.

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