News and New Athlete Profiles
After a difficult year in which she still emerged as a force in national powerlifting, Yolanda went to the California Championships hoping to take her lufts to the next level. Several obstacles emerged and she was later to look back on some misjudgements which cost her further progress. Incredibly she still took state records, a national record, and racked up a higher total that lifters younger and heavier than her.
Approaching ten years vegan, Canadian skater Meagan Duhamel has been seven times National Champion and twice world champion skating with her her pairs partner. In her last season before retirement she has added to her Olympic Silver from 2014 with a team Gold in South Korea.
Racquetball ace Cody Elkins has been vegan since he was aged two and has won numerous titles including the 2017 World Outdoor singles title for his age group. He's recently competed in the California State Championships, this time in the doubles, where he was pushed to the limits before showing his capabilities.
Being experienced in ultramarathons can't prepare you for everything. Vegan runner Yassine Diboun knew this when he tackled the imposing Hurt, facing phenomenal height gains, tropical heat, hostile terrain and the prospect of 100 miles. On his side were his vegan diet, years of preperation and a helpful vegan ex-winner of the race who kindly handed out coconuts to Yassine and the other runners.
Former Savate world champion James Southwood coaches as well as competing, and recently took part in the Budapest Open for the third time. He was aiming to continue his enviable personal record there, although he was also taking club members he had coached in London.
The Spartathlon is one of the most respected and feared ultramarathons in the world and one that Israeli champion runner Ariel Rosenfeld had already completed once before. He returned to it last year having completed the race and aware of the nature of the event. He hoped to complete the tough course again.
Austin Aries had an eventful 2017. He joined WWE then left unexpectedly. His book 'Food Fight' detailed his discovery of veganism, nutrition and the workings of the food industry. After some commentary work, the multiple world champion returned to the ring with Impact wrestling and proved that at 39 he still has plenty to offer the world of professional wrestling. Read more here.
Morgan Mitchell has been national 400 metre champion as well as representing Australia in the Olympics and anchoring the national 4x400 metres relay team. Still only 23, she had her eyes on the Commonwealth Games as she entered the Hunter Track Classic. Clearly veganism is working for Morgan, as she dropped meat and dairy after watching documentaries in 2014 and has just kept getting quicker. Read more here.
As she prepares to retire she has recently enetered her last Skate canada, an event she has excelled in, collecting six past titles. Things went well for her, building hopes for the highlight of her farewell season - the Winter Olympics.