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Vegan Athlete of the Year 2015
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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.
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.
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
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.
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