Vegan lifter breaks record and wins British open

| 17 May 2023
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Sophia Ellis has taken her third title at the British Open with another devastating display of vegan power.

Team GB powerlifter, Sophia Ellis has taken her third title at the BP Eleiko British Open Classic Championships with another devastating display of vegan power.

The competition, which took place on 16th March 2023, saw Sophia Ellis fend off lifters from all over the world. The 26 year old has spent the last year with both knees affected by quad tendonitis but few would have noticed. She squatted a personal best of 175 kg, a massive lift for someone in the 76 kg category.

She benched 120 kg before attempting to beat her own British deadlift record. Her lift of 242.5 kg broke her own British deadlift record and was also an unofficial European deadlift record. Sophia also broke the British total record twice on her second and third deadlifts, ending with 537.5kg.

Speaking to Plant Based News in 2022, Sophia Ellis said of her vegan diet:

“It has been a combination of things that I feel has helped my athletic career; diet is obviously a huge part of recovery and being vegan has definitely helped me to optimize this alongside keeping training consistent, staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, and managing stress levels etc.”

“As long as I am eating enough and a good balance of foods then my recovery rate is a lot quicker and I feel so much more fueled and energized for training sessions. It is important for people to realize that it is the foods you eat which make a big difference – you can go vegan but if you are restricting / not eating enough nutrient-dense foods then you won’t reap all the benefits that veganism has to offer!”

I have been vegan for 10 years now and a powerlifter for four years. It is so great to be able to continue to break down misconceptions around this lifestyle and show people that you can be strong and vegan!”

Content sourced and adapted with permission from Great Vegan Athletes. Photo credit: @sophiastrength on Instagram

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Nicholas Hallows
Nicholas has been vegan since the early 2000s and worked for Viva! between 2017 and 2020 as a Senior Administrator and Web Content Assistant. He is a qualified teacher, specialising in Language and Literacy, and an accredited Proofreader and Editor. He is now a freelance writer covering topics including veganism, mindfulness and minimalism.

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