As many of you know, Team Colavita proudly represents us throughout the cycling season. The all-female team has gained countless championships, victories, and fans along the way, which you can read about here. Their handwork and dedication to cycling is evident in their successes. Unfortunately, one of their newest team members- Ellen Watters- passed away earlier this week. Watters, who was just 28, was out training near her home in Sussex, New Brunswick in Canada on December 23rd. She was visiting family over the holidays.
She was hit from behind by a vehicle and sustained massive head trauma. Watters was pronounced brain dead on December 27th, and her organs were donated. Although she is gone, she is not forgotten. This season proved to be a break-out year for Watters, according to the Cycling Canada statement. Watters won the pro/am event at the Tour of the Battenkill as well as the Tour of Sommerville. She was invited to take part in the Canadian National Team project in August, winning a Kermesse in Belgium on August 18. She signed on to our Colavita – Bianchi team for 2017 and was invited to be a part-time member of the Canadian women’s development program.
Watters was such a bright light and source of inspiration for her friends, family, teammates and the cycling community. She will continue to inspire us everyday. A fundraiser has been set up on Go Fund Me to assist Ellen’s friends and family during this difficult time. You can show your support here.