1. Nienke Overveld, vegan crossfit athlete
Nienke has shown fantastic fitness and strength in the demanding sport of Crossfit to compete internationally with the world’s best. She was crowned “Fittest woman in the Netherlands 2020” after winning the CF Open. Before this she qualified for CrossFit Games (World Championships) on Team Vondelgym in 2019. Read More... “Nienke Overveld, vegan crossfit athlete”
2. Massimo Lepardi, vegan diver
Massimo Lepardi is known as someone who has worked hard to promote veganism in Italy through education – and by example as an internationally competitive athlete. Unlike many athletes who have been active in a sport since childhood, Massimo started training in diving at age 49. Read More... “Massimo Lepardi, vegan diver”
3. Kelly Colobella, vegan American Footballer
Kelly Colobella is known for her strength and fitness, having played in women’s semi-professional (full tackle) American football since 2000. As a key team member of Utah Falconz, who play in the US National League, she has played a part in contending for the National Championship four times, winning twice. Read More... “Kelly Colobella, vegan … Continue reading "Kelly Colobella, vegan American Footballer"
4. Karl Bruder, vegan bodybuilder
Karl Bruder is a bodybuilder who has impressed everyone as he has made great advances in the sport. He has a win at the WABBA Grand Prix (2016) and took 6th place at the Mr Universe before placing 4th at the PCA Physical Culture – all as a vegan. Read More... “Karl Bruder, vegan bodybuilder”
5. Tammy Fry Kelly, vegan karate expert
Tammy Fry Kelly is well known both for her business activities and her achievements in sport. The karate 5th Dan black belt has competed nationally and internationally for over twenty years, and was part of the South African Senior National Karate team for ten years. Read More... “Tammy Fry Kelly, vegan karate expert”
6. Jay Oliveira, vegan fighter
Jay has made a rapid impact on the martial art of Brazillian Jiu Jitsu as he has fought his way to the very top. In 2016, fighting in the Brown Belt Masters Division Jay entered five international tournaments sanctioned by the lead federation IBJFF, taking Gold in all 5 tournaments. Read More... “Jay Oliveira, vegan … Continue reading "Jay Oliveira, vegan fighter"
7. Derek Tresize, vegan physique and bodybuilding competitor
Derek Tresize is a professional bodybuilder and has been a vegan since 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology, is a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise and has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University. Read More... “Derek Tresize, vegan physique and bodybuilding competitor”
8. Ivan Blazquez, vegan physique competitor
Ivan Blazquez is a certified exercise physiologist with a master’s degree in exercise physiology, a pro natural physique competitor/bodybuilder – and a competitive triathlete. Holding a coveted pro card in natural bodybuilding since 2009, he gradually transitioned to a vegan diet as he experienced benefits for both health and physical performance. Read More... “Ivan Blazquez, … Continue reading "Ivan Blazquez, vegan physique competitor"
9. Ariel Rosenfeld, vegan ultradistance runner
Ariel Rosenfeld has been recognised for several years as a leading ultramarathon runner in Israel. He has also gained respect internationally and taken on extremely tough events outside his home country. He won Sovev Emek, the most prominent Israeli ultramarathon four times in recent years, winning the 61km race in 2011, 2012 and 2014 and … Continue reading "Ariel Rosenfeld, vegan ultradistance runner"
10. David Smith, MBE, vegan paralympian
David Smith is a successful para rower and cyclist who has won Gold medals at international level. David has overcome enormous setbacks and recovered to extremely high levels of fitness thanks to determination and high standards of nutrition. He was born in 1978 with a club foot and underwent repeated medical interventions to break and reset … Continue reading "David Smith, MBE, vegan paralympian"
11. Shea West, vegan BMX rider
Shea West is a BMX rider from Kansas USA. He started riding competitively in childhood and won several state championship titles and was placed fourth in the 1994 World championships. He was also part of the team which won a national team title in 1993. Read More... “Shea West, vegan BMX rider”
12. Ben Dame, vegan triathlete
Ben Dame is a Triathlete, marathon runner and ultradistance runner. At the end of 2012 he was named as a national top ten triathlete in his age group and in October 2012 represented the USA at the ITU Olympic Distance Triathlon World Championship in London. Read More... “Ben Dame, vegan triathlete”
13. Michaela Copenhaver, vegan rower
Michaela Copenhaver is an American rower competing in the Lightweight division. She started rowing in 2003 and continued at University where she competed at two National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships and one Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) championship. In her senior year she set a Sprints course record and won an IRA silver medal as … Continue reading "Michaela Copenhaver, vegan rower"
14. Zak Covalcik, vegan track cyclist
Zak Covalcik is a track cyclist competing at US national level. He has won twenty six medals at Elite National level and is ten times Oregon state champion. He has been US National Champion five times. He’s also successfully raced in Trinidad & Tobago, Germany and Tasmania. Read More... “Zak Covalcik, vegan track cyclist”
15. Cam Awesome vegan boxer
Cam Awesome is a super heavyweight and heavyweight American amateur boxer with numerous titles. “I started boxing in 2005” he explained “I wanted to lose weight and get into better shape.” Since then he has made great progress. At age 20 he won the 2008 USA National Championships in the Super Heavyweight division, which he … Continue reading "Cam Awesome vegan boxer"
16. Jack Lindquist, vegan cyclist
Jack Linquist is a professional track-racing cyclist who won his first race in 2007 when the 26 year old cycle messenger won the 2007 Puma Velocity race in New York City. The win entitled him to a place in international competition, and he soon joined the U.S. Read More... “Jack Lindquist, vegan cyclist”
17. Catra Corbett, vegan ultramarathon runner
Catra has run over 250 ultra marathons. She holds the overall record (for men and women) for completing the John Muir Trail twice (out and back), a total of 424 miles, and has the second best all time result for a woman running one way (212 miles). Read More... “Catra Corbett, vegan ultramarathon runner”
18. Patrik Baboumian, vegan strongman
Patrik was born in Iran and lives in Germany. In 1999 aged 20 he won the German Junior Bodybuilding title. He broke the world log lift record for under 105kg, with a 165kg lift, as well as the German heavyweight log lift record . Read More... “Patrik Baboumian, vegan strongman”
19. Joni Purmonen, vegan strongman
Joni turned vegan in 1991, and started training for and competing in strongman events around 2000 in the 105kg weight category. Since then he has developed an impressive level of strength, with personal bests of 150kg for bench press, 230kg for squat and a deadlift of 262.5kg. Read More... “Joni Purmonen, vegan strongman”
20. Michael Zigomanis, vegan ice hockey player
Michael has been a professional ice hockey player since 2001, and played regularly as a forward for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Marlies. “Having terrific vision, soft hands and adept in a passing touch, and great skill on the faceoff, Zigomanis has molded his role as a third-line playmaker.” Read More... “Michael Zigomanis, vegan … Continue reading "Michael Zigomanis, vegan ice hockey player"
21. Andreas Hanni, vegan ice hockey player
Andreas started playing in the Swiss National League aged 17, and soon the 189cm (6’2″) Defenceman became established player, moving clubs in 2002 then joining SC Bern, with whom the national title was won. At the start of this career came the start of Andreas’ veganism. Read More... “Andreas Hanni, vegan ice hockey player”
22. Christine Vardaros, vegan cyclist
Christine ias a former US national team member with many successes including a win at the 2004 Santa Cruz Classic Criterium. In 2001 she made the US national team and competed at the Cyclo-Cross World Championships, and later that year she took 9th in the Heerlen World Cup (Netherlands) and 8th in the Wetzikon World … Continue reading "Christine Vardaros, vegan cyclist"
23. Fiona Oakes, vegan marathon runner
Fiona Oakes has made great achievements in her running, which seem all the more impressive given her incredibly full lifestyle. This means that training competes with a number of other demands on her time and energy. Fiona has worked as a retained firefighter, a job which meant she was often on call and needed to … Continue reading "Fiona Oakes, vegan marathon runner"
24. Catherine Johnson, vegan cyclist
The cyclocross champion has been vegan since 22 (1998) after several years of vegetarianism and on/off veganism. “I did not want to cause suffering to animals. I knew that animals often lived under horrible conditions on factory farms, and that they do not have voices to scream and yell to their abusers, leaving them totally … Continue reading "Catherine Johnson, vegan cyclist"