Strongman Patrik Baboumian has been voted Vegan Athlete of the Year 2012 by visitors to www.GreatVeganAthletes.com.
Patrik has had a great year, winning the European powerlifting title in the open category and setting two world records in the 125-140kg category. He also set a record for fronthold and keglift, and won the German loglift championships.
He has not been publicity-shy and has been keen to explain his dietary choices and philosophy of compassion to TV and media.
"I'm particularly honoured to be named Vegan Athlete of the year" said Patrik, "because it shows to me once again how much the international vegan community appreciates my work. The notion of that appreciation and support gives me tons of energy to go on with my work even more ambitious than before. To all other vegan athletes I'd like to say: let's all put our strength together and show the world what a healthy and physically beneficial lifestyle Veganism really is."
Patrik beat four other excellent vegan athletes who have each had an incredible year, and we would like to congratulate and thank them all.