Place of birthFolkestone

Height5' 8"

Ellie Furneaux was a sailor until the age of 14, sailing catamarans with her brother Angus and earning selection for the Olympic Development Squad.

When she moved to Bath to start a degree in Contemporary Arts Practice at Bath Spa University, Eleanor began training at the University of Bath Sports Training Village and became aware of the British Skeleton squad. A growing interest in winter sports and a desire to compete again prompted her to initially attend trials for the British Bobsleigh team before her friend and British Weightlifting athlete, Joey Walton, suggested she turn her attentions to skeleton.

Ellie did just that, attending a small trial in October 2014, before seeing off 1,000 other applicants to earn a place in the Talent Squad through the Power2Podium programme. 

Ellie's GB debut came on the Europa Cup circuit in November 2016 when she placed 21st in Igls. She raced a further five times in 2016/17, with her best result a 13th place in St Moritz.

Her 2017/18 season was disrupted by injury but not before she won a hat-trick of Europa Cup gold medals in November and December 2017 in Lillehammer and La Plagne respectively.

Injury also meant Ellie sat out the selection races for the 2018/19 season. She is currently undergoing rehabilitation in the UK, with a view to be being back on the ice in the near future. 

Ellie in her own words...

  • Nickname: Els
  • Most likely to be spotted: in Starbucks or TK Maxx
  • Least likely to be found: in the hairdressers
  • Me in three: crazy (slightly), excitable, early
  • Hero: Ellen MacArthur DBE
  • Random fact: I was an extra in the first series of Bad Education with Jack Whitehall
  • If I wasn’t a slider: I would probably be a nursery school or reception teacher. I always thought that would be a great job