In the month she turned 21, Tia Blanco fitted in two tounraments either side of a trip to Barbados. The first saw her return to Puerto Rico, the country of her birth, to surf her way to top spot there. A couple of weeks later she was in Canada for the Tofino Rip Curl, where she took a second win. Now vegan for five years, she explained to us how her current goals prioritise enjoyment, and how she keeps to her vegan diet when in different parts of the world.
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As the European Powerlifting Championships kicked off in the Czech Republic, Icelandic Champion Hulda weighed in after a long journey from her home in the icy north. Recent meets have seen vegan Hulda break her own records again, and she has consistently reminded us that she has not peaked and we can expect more improvement. Not everything went according to plan, although Hulda's hard work was proved to be making her even stronger.
Years of success in both bodybuilding and sprinting has brought Julia Hubbard the recognition she deserves. The fitness trainer has been asked to appear at the upcoming Bodypower expo, the largest indoor exhibition of its kind. Julia is looking forward to taking in some of the events scheduled for the weekend later this month as well as representing veganism.
Epic runs are fantastic fun for one of the most accomplished ultramarathon runners. Catra Corbett has overcome massive obstacles before including over one hundred 100 mile races and the fastest ever 'yo-yo' out-and-back 424 mile crossing of the John Muir Trail. She had two objectives at the Beyond Limits Ultra, one of which was to have fun. It appears she achieved them both.
Vlad Ixel is a runner. He's inexperienced in swimming and cycling, so you might not expect him to make much progress with triathlon. He recently entered a half ironman in the Phillipines and completed the 1900 metres swim, 90km bike ride and 21.1 km run among the race leaders to take a category win. Read more here.
Rising up through the junior ranks to become a successful international senior skater by age 20, Larkyn has been vegan since age seventeen. She's already competed at the Canadian Nationals three times and taken a medal, and has her first international medal. After qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics, competing at Beijing in 2022 is a priority and she will be training hard for this.
Aged fifty five and vegan for eighteen years, David Meyer has one of the impressive histories of anyone in BJJ. In his appearance at the World Championships, he overcame parking problems that meant he had to run to the tournement. He put on an impressive display, finishing one match in just a few seconds. The American vegan has contributed enormously to veganism through his achievements and continues to help pet shelters across America with his website adopt-a-pet.com.
Vegan wrestler Austin Aries was already Impact Wrestling's World Champion but didn't want to stop there. By taking on a fellow Impact Champion for the Grand Championship, he also placed his title on the line. Fighting just two weeks before his 40th birthday the man nicknamed 'The Vascular Vegetarian' put on an entertaining display before finishing the bout and adding another set of titles to his impressive existing set.
Competing in the 63 kg category, masters weightlifter Ramona Cadogan has placed second at national competition on two occasions. She has snatched 55kg and clean and jerked 72 kg. She has been vegan since 2006 and has also won a powerlifting regional competition. She has been vegan since 2006 following six years vegetarian.
Vlad has been a world class ultradistrance runner for years, although recently he's taken on shorter distances and taken numerous victories. He's also competed in triathlon and made progress far in excess of normal expectations for an athlete who only recently started training in swimming and cycling so recently. A recent run of twelve races has included another course record to add to his collection. Read More here.