Cody Elkins has achieved so much already. The 14 year old – vegan since age 2 – has won world titles in racquetball, and earlier this year took Silver in the Junior Olympics.
He’s just played in the World Outdoor 3-Wall Championships and as always, proved he was a force to be reckoned with. The event was held at Huntingdon Beach, California, the birthplace of outdoor racquetball.
Competing in the 14 and under category his quality shone through as he secured the Gold medal. However, that was not all, as racquetball typically gives juniors the opportunity to ‘play up’ and participate in older categories. Playing in the 16 and under category meant he faced players two years older than him.
“It was a difficult tournament because in two of the matches, I was losing badly” Cody told Great Vegan Athletes “and I had to be mentally tough and not give up any points to come back.”
Cody went undefeated in the 16 and under category to take the Gold there as well.
“I play outdoors more than my opponents, so I was able to outsmart them with my outdoors experience.”
The tournament successes did not end with two Gold medals as he also received an invite to attend the International Racquetball Pro Tour elite player camp. The training event for top upcoming and future pro players in Malibu California invited just eight players and coached by a former USA pro coach and former number one player.
Cody’s family are vegan and he has spoken in support of veganism on occasions such as his Bar Mitvah last year and in school. He also excels at table tennis and paddleball, and holds a black belt in karate.