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  • Posted on: 28 June 2015
  • By: Lordmuppet

Vegan Athlete of the Year 2015 

Five world class vegan athletes are finalists in Vegan Athlete of the Year 2015.  Voting is now closed


The vote is now closed and Scott Jurek has been voted Vegan Athlete of the Year 2015.


See more here and check back in December 2016 for your chance to vote next time.


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Pat Reeves

Pat is known as an inspiring lifter and incredible example of health having beaten cancer that was considered terminal aged 32.  She continues to lift into her later years and has set world records.


This year the diminutive vegan competed in the World Singles Powerlifting under 53kg category.  At nearly 70 she was at the older end of her 65-69 age category and set her sights on her own world deadlift record.  She broke it with a lift of 95.5 kg.


Towards the end of the year she had her 70th birthday and entered a new age category.  Soon afterwards she Bench Pressed at a divisional meet in the UK and set a British record, breaking it twice.  As it was not a national or international meet, this stopped the lift from qualifying as a world record. Click to learn more about Pat.


Heather Mills

Heather built on an already impressive career in winter sports with a phenomenal three months this year that gave her several world records.


An amputee following a road accident in 1993, she had already represented the UK in disability winter sports.  2015 saw her set records in Skeleton Bobsleigh, Bobsleigh, Ski Jump, Speed Skating and Speed Skiing.  The Speed Skiing world record saw her record a speed of 167 kph.  Aside from setting a world record it was previously unknown for a woman with one leg to have attempted this.


As owner of the V-Bites vegan food and restaurant chain, she’s also seen new restaurants opened. Click to learn more about Heather


Meagan Duhamel

Canadian vegan Meagan has risen to the top of her sport with several amzing years, although this year she has probably impressed more than ever.


The pairs figure skater and partner Eric Radford won their fourth national title this year, winning by an enormous margin and setting three points records.


They then competed at the Four Continents where they won Gold by eighteen points, and set their sights on the World Championships.  They were hoping to improve on 2014s Bronze, and tipped to do well.


Meagan and Eric won both the short and long programmes to take Gold by over seven points and secure the first Canadian Gold for fourteen years. Click to learn more about Meagan


Scott Jurek

Making history has almost become habit for perhaps the leading ultramarathon runner of the modern era, although Scott’s exploits this year were above and beyond his normal achievements.


Aiming to break the record for the Appalachian Trail, Scott planned to hike the 2189 American footpath in 46 days.  It includes extremes of terrain as well as enormous height gain and meant that he would have to complete an average of 47 miles each day with an average height gain of over 3400 metres per day. 


On the way he picked up a knee injury and encountered some of the wettest weather on record for one region.  Despite this he completed the course and took the record.  This adds to his numerous course records and victories in shorter events from 50k to 246k. Click to learn more about Scott


Vlad Ixel

Now spending much of his time in Hong Kong where he organises as well as competes in ultramarathons, Vlad has had another great year.


He won Translantau 100km, Terian Trail 25km, Rally TT 30km and the 30k Xterra among six race wins.  He also placed 2nd in eight races including the high profile MSIG 50k, TNF Singapore 50k and Israel Ultra Championships 60km trail.  He set a course record in winning the 12k AVOHK Trail.


As the year ends Vlad is taking on more races with five planned in the last few weeks of the year. Click to learn more about Vlad



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