Despite serious fund raising challenges due to the COVID-19 situation, The Ellie Soutter Foundation is continuing to support athletes with funding.
The Ellie Soutter Foundation has announced funding for its fourth athlete – British team snowboarder, Maisie Potter.
Potter (age 22), from Snowdonia, North Wales, started her career at the age of 19 and has held the title of British Snowboardcross Champion on three occasions and now competes on the Europa and World Cup circuits. The foundation has committed €2,000 of funding to help fund the last season, as well a further €2,000 for the 2020-21 winter.
As well as the financial package, the foundation will also provide chiropractor sessions, massages, and a contact for a therapist – all funded through the charity.
Potter said: “I am very grateful for the support that The Ellie Soutter Foundation has provided me for this year and next. I think it is amazing what they have set up and Ellie would be so proud of their achievements so far. From my own personal experiences, I think it’s a really valuable cause. This season has finally proved that I’m back from injury after a career best result earlier this year and finishing 5th in the Europa Cup overall ranking despite the end of the season not taking place. Next winter, the goal is to start cracking top 16’s at World Cup especially as it also marks the beginning of the next Olympic cycle so I will work hard in order to be where I need to be come Beijing 2022”.
Tony Soutter, Founder of the Ellie Soutter Foundation and Ellie’s dad, said: “We are delighted to be able to help fund Maisie Potter, our fourth athlete, in these challenging times. Right now it’s even harder than ever for young athletes to train, but also to ensure they remain strong mentally too. We are offering athletes the chance to speak to a therapist via Skype sessions if needed. We had many fund raising activities cancelled due to the Coronavirus impact and therefore we will lose considerable amounts of income for the charity because of this – hopefully we can make some of that up and we are very grateful for any donations received”.