1. 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”
2. Shelli Beecher-Seitzler
Shelli Beecher-Seitzler is a natural bodybuilder who has made an impressive impact on the sport in a short time. After several people suggested she compete, she started training six days a week with the aim of competing. After five months she entered the 2018 INBF NW Royal Natural Bodybuilding Championship. Read More... “Shelli Beecher-Seitzler”
3. Maayan Eliasi, vegan bodybuilder
Maayan Eliasi is an Israeli bodybuilder who has broken into international competition and won her Pro Card. In 2018 she won 1st place in the Israeli national NABBA Bikini division Over 30 category. Soon afterwards she won the WNBF Israel in fit body category and overall fit body and received the WNBF Pro Athlete card. … Continue reading "Maayan Eliasi, vegan bodybuilder"
4. 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"
5. 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”
6. 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”
7. 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"
8. 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”
9. 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"
10. Joe ‘Monk’ Coleman, vegan physique competitor
Joe ‘Monk’ Coleman is a bodybuilder who started competing in his 40s and still provided stiff competition for competitors far younger than him. Following years of an unhealthy lifestyle, Joe started to change his habits. This included meditation, attention to his diet, and exercise. Read More... “Joe ‘Monk’ Coleman, vegan physique competitor”
11. Pam Boteler, vegan sprint canoeist
Pam Boteler is a retired sprint canoeist who has made history in a number of ways. She started competitive sprint canoeing in 2000 at age 32, at a time when women were banned from national championship events. Pam was the first woman to compete in canoe at the 2000 US National Sprint/Kayak Championships, competing against … Continue reading "Pam Boteler, vegan sprint canoeist"
12. 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"
13. 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"
14. 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”
15. 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”
16. 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"
17. 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”
18. 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"
19. Neil Robinson, vegan footballer
Neil grew up in Merseyside, (North West England), which is an area known for its fanatical following of football. Born in Liverpool within a hundred metres of the Everton Football Club ground, he grew up supporting the club and despite his school concentrating on rugby he always had ambitions to play professional football. Read More... … Continue reading "Neil Robinson, vegan footballer"
20. Amanda Riester, vegan boxer and figure competitor
Amanda’s two grandfathers and her father boxed professionally and Amanda learned from them when growing up. By 16 she had entered the Chicago Golden Gloves, an annual amateur competition, and at 17 she boxed at national level. At 18 she was rated at number two in the United States. Read More... “Amanda Riester, vegan boxer … Continue reading "Amanda Riester, vegan boxer and figure competitor"
21. 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”
22. 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”
23. Jim Morris, vegan bodybuilder
Jim Morris was a bodybuilder who has had an amazing career well into his older years. In the picture above he is aged 61. In 1966 he entered his first competition aged 31 and became Mr New York City. Next year he won his first national title and in 1967 won Mr East Coast. Read … Continue reading "Jim Morris, vegan bodybuilder"
24. Harri Nieminem, vegan Thai Boxer
Harri travelled to Thailand to win the 1997 Thai Boxing title at 60kg. He beat the US champion in the semi and the Thai champion in the final. Harri was 22 when he started eating vegan in 1994. A year before he cut out red meat, and was inspired by straight-edge bands and living a … Continue reading "Harri Nieminem, vegan Thai Boxer"
25. 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”
26. Alexander Dargatz, vegan bodybuilder
Alex shot to fame in December 2005 when he won the World Champion Fitness title with WFF (World Fitness Federation). Five years before this he had become vegan in response to the cruelty of the animal food industries. Although the motivation was “ethical, ecological, spiritual and healthy reasons (in that order)” Alex soon found that … Continue reading "Alexander Dargatz, vegan bodybuilder"
27. 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”
28. 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"
29. Georges Laraque, vegan ice hockey player
At 6’3″ and 116kg Georges is an imposing figure on the ice. After playing in lower leagues, George started playing in the Canadian National Hockey league for Edmonton in the 1997-98 season. During that time he gained a reputation as an aggressive player, and was unanimously named “Best Fighter” by Hockey News in 2003. Read … Continue reading "Georges Laraque, vegan ice hockey player"
30. 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”