9 Athletes You Didn’t Know Were Vegan

It’s a misconception that athletes and sportspeople need animal protein to build muscle and maximise performance. In fact, it couldn’t be further from the truth. But just who in the world of sport would ever be vegan? Let us surprise you…

1. Lewis Hamilton

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There ain’t no meat or dairy in this F1 superstar’s tank. Yup, since 2017, Lewis Hamilton is proud to be vegan.

2. Barny Du Plessis

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This one-time Mr. Universe vegan bodybuilder quips that, “The world’s strongest animals are plant-eaters: gorillas, buffaloes, elephants, and me.”

3. Venus Williams

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It’s definitely ‘love all’ for vegan tennis champion Venus Williams, who’s been powered by plants since 2011.

4. Hannah Teter

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Three-time Olympic medallist and snowboarding pro told the Huffington Post that, “My plant-based diet has opened up more doors to being an athlete. It’s a whole other level that I’m elevating to.”

5. Tim Shieff

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When this pro freerunner isn’t taking running jumps at buildings, he’s spreading the vegan word. He also founded the Fair Wear endorsed vegan sportswear line ETHCS.

6. Abel ‘Killa’ Trujillo

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This mixed martial artist packs a punch with both his sport and vegan activism. He says, “Happiness is the new rich. Inner peace is the new success. Health is the new wealth. Compassion is the new cool.” Vegan AF.

7. Neil Robertson

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Australian Snooker professional and vegan Neil Robertson thinks eating animal products is a load of old balls.

8. Tia Blanco

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Pro surfer and twice-over title holder of the Open Women’s World Surfing Championship 2015 and 2016 caught the vegan wave when she was 16.

9. Scott Jurek

World-class ultramarathon runner Scott Jurek finishes his 2,180-mile run of the Appalachian Trail atop Mount Katahdin on Sunday, July 12, 2015. Image courtesy of Scott Jurek Twitter

Long-time vegan and long distance runner Scott Jurek proves that you can absolutely smash it on plant power alone. He’s an ultramarathon runner who holds 16 titles – boom.

Who have we missed off from the vegan hall of sporting fame? Tell us in the comments below.

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