Vegan athletes

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This page lists some of the most successful vegan athletes – both current and former – however there’s an ever-growing number so it’s not a complete list. As the health and performance benefits of wholefood vegan diets attract more attention, more and more athletes rely on plants to fuel their bodies in the best possible way. For an up-to-date database, visit this page.

Vegan American Football Players

Griff Whalen – Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders
John Rush – Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Marc-Olivier Brouillette – Montreal Alouettes, Saskatchewan Roughriders
Kelly Colobella – Utah Falconz
Andre Patton – Los Angeles Chargers
Derrick Morgan – Tennessee Titans
DaQuan Jones – Tennessee Titans
Wesley Woodyard – Tennessee Titans
Cam Newton – New England Patriots
David Carter – Dallas Cowboys
Theo Riddick – Denver Broncos
Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers

Vegan Baseball Players

Pat Neshek – Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres, Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philidelpia Phillies
CC Sabathia – Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees
Ty Kelly – Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, Las Vegas Aviators

Vegan Basketball Players

Kyrie Irving – Cleveland Cavaliers, Brooklyn Nets
Chris Paul – New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder
JaVale McGee – Washington Wizards, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers
Wilson Chandler – Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets
Diana Taurasi – Phoenix Mercury
Cleanthony Early – New York Knicks
Auryn MacMillan – Rockhampton Rockets
Dalila Eshe – US National team member, league player in the US, Russia Turkey
Sarah Stewart – Triple Paralympian, multiple title winner in the Australian National league
DeAndre Jordan – Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets

Vegan Bodybuilders

Torre Washington – WNBF, IFBB, IFPA, SNBF Pro Card holder, Musclemania Pro multiple champion, NASM certified trainer
Nimai Delgado – IFBB Pro Card holder, multiple champion
Zack Belknap – WNBF Pro Card holder, NASM certified personal trainer
Jehina Malik – IFBB Pro Card holder, multiple champion
Maayan Eliasi – WNBF Pro Card holder and champion
SuzAnne Llano – NGA, ANBF and NFF Pro Card holder, multiple champion and trainer
Victoria Lissack – WBFF high achiever
Karl Bruder – WABBA Grand Prix winner
Julia Hubbard – PNBA Figure, WNBF Bikini, IPL Federation Figure, IFBA, Masters Sports Model and Athletic Pro Card holder, multiple champion
Derek Tresize – WNBF Pro Card holder, multiple champion
Ivan Blazquez – medalist in the Pro Physique division in several NGA Shows
Joe ‘Monk’ Coleman – IFBA and INBF Pro Card holder, multiple champion
Greg Moormann – NGA, ANBF Pro Card holder, multiple champion
Dusan Dudas – ‘Mr New Zealand’ multiple champion
Frank Medrano – calisthenics expert, trainer, pro athlete
Brian Turner – natural bodybuilder and trainer
Fraser Bayley – bodybuilder, nutritionist, trainer
Robert Cheeke – bodybuilder, author, the founder and president of Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness
Derek Simnett – bodybuilder, nutritionist, calisthenics expert
Bianca Taylor – bodybuilder, nutritionist, coach
Hench Herbivore – bodybuilder, nutritionist, trainer
Will Tucker – fitness expert and award winning professional vegan bodybuilder
Vanessa Espinoza – professional bodybuilder, strength athlete and coach

Vegan CrossFitters

Jeremy Reijnders – 2018 Open national champion of the Netherlands
Danielle Sidell – professional CrossFit athlete, exercise physiologist and nutritionist
Ed Bauer – bodybuilder, CrossFit athlete, coach and owner of PlantFit Training Studio

Vegan Climbers

Dean Maher – mountaineer, summited several Himalayan peaks including Mt Everest
Kuntal Joisher – mountaineer, summited several Himalayan peaks including Mt Everest
Steph Davis – one of the most successful climbers in the world


“If I can summit the highest mountain in the world without using a single animal product then you can make some simple changes in your day to day life. Go vegan, for yourself, for the planet, for the animals”.

Dean Maher, mountaineer, summited several Himalayan peaks including Mt Everest

Vegan Cricketers

Adam Zampa – professional cricket player for New South Wales, Sydney Thunder, South Australia, Adelaide Strikers, Melbourne Stars, Rising Pune Supergiants, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Essex, Jamaica Tallawahs
Peter Siddle – professional cricket player for Victoria, Melbourne Renegades, Nottinghamshire, Lancashire, Adelaide Strikers, Essex, Tasmania
Greg Chappell – leading Australian batsman of his time, author
Virat Kohli – captain of the India national team, Delhi, Royal Challengers Bangalore
Kane Richardson – professional cricketer, South Australia, Melbourne Renegades, Adelaide Strikers, Pune Warriors India, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore

Vegan Cyclists

Dotsie Bausch – track cyclist, multiple champion, Olympic medalist
Christine Vardaros – former US National Team member, cyclocross champion
Adam Hansen – multiple champion, record-holder
Catherine Johnson – cyclocross champion
Frans Claes – national and international mountain biking champion
Lisa Gawthorne – multisport athlete, representing Team GB in Duathlon, competing in European and World championships
Johanna Jahnke – world class fixed-gear cyclist, winner of the Rad Race series
Mo Bruno-Roy – cyclocross cyclist, multiple champion
Kevin Selker – track cyclist, multiple champion
Zak Kovalcik – track cyclist, multiple champion
Laura Kline – multiple duathlon and triathlon champion
Jack Lindquist – track cyclist, multiple champion
Molly Cameron – cyclocross racer and champion
Paolo Barbon – high-achieving long-distance cyclist, mountain biker

Vegan Figure Skaters

Larkyn Austman – multiple champion
Meagan Duhamel – multiple champion, Gold, Silver and Bronce Olympic medallist
Craig Heath – multiple champion

Vegan Footballers

Hector Bellerín – Spanish national team, Arsenal
Chris Smalling – Maidstone United, Fulham, Manchester United, England national team
Neil Robinson – Everton , Swansea City, Grimsby Town, Darlington
Alex Morgan – California Golden Bears, Orlando Pride, Portland Thorns, Seattle Sounders Women, Western New York Flash, US National team
Fabian Delph – Leeds United, Aston Villa, Manchester City, Everton, England national team
Jermain Defoe – West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, Toronto FC, Sunderland, AFC Bournemouth, Rangers, England national team
Kara Lang – Vancouver Whitecaps, Canada national team

Vegan Freerunners, stuntmen, ninjas

Calle Alexander – high achiever in American Ninja Warrior, National Ninja League, Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association
Chase Armitage – parkour and freerunning pioneer, martial arts champion, stuntman, action actor and director
Paul Whitecotton – professional stuntman and freerunner
Matthew Pritchard – stunt performer, ultra-athlete, former pro-skater
Jack Jagodka – professional stuntman
Cassandra Faye and Alistair Tomkins – motorcycle stunt team

Vegan Golf players

Ruaidhri McGee – professional golf player
Sergio Barba – professional golf player and coach

Vegan Ice hockey players

TJ Galiardi – the Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets
Michael Zigomanis – Carolina Hurricanes, St. Louis Blues, Phoenix Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs
Georges Laraque – Edmonton Oilers, Phoenix Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens, sports commentator
Andreas Hanni – HC Ambrì-Piotta, HC Lugano, SC Bern, EHC Biel

Vegan Motor sports competitors

Sam Lochoff – multiple motorcycle racing champion
Leilani Munter – high-achieving racing driver, environmental activist
Spencer Pumpelly – multiple racing driver champion
Andy Lally – multiple racing driver champion
Lewis Hamilton – multiple racing driver champion, six-time Formula One World Champion

Vegan Martial Artists

Sofia Jokl – Japanese Ju-Jitsu champion
Bryant Jennings – multiple heavyweight boxing champion
Tammy Fry Kelly – karate champion, former member of the South African Senior National Karate team
Jay Oliveira – multiple Brazillian Jiu Jitsu champion
Claire Foreman – multiple Muay Thai champion
Melanie Fraunschiel – multiple karate and boxing champion
David Meyer – multiple Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion
Cam Awesome – multiple heavyweight and super heavyweight boxing champion
Emily Jans – boxing champion, kickboxer
Amanda Riester – multiple boxing champion
Mirko Buchwald – multiple karate champion, Goju Ryu Karate instructor
James Southwood – multiple Savate champion and instructor
Harri Nieminem – Thai boxing champion
Mac Danzig – multiple MMA champion, The Ultimate Fighter winner
David Haye – multiple cruiserweight and heavyweight boxing champion

Vegan Rowers

David Smith MBE – Paralympian gold medallist and World Champion in para rowing
Michaela Copenhaver – multiple rowing champion
Ida Andersson – multiple rowing champion and record holder
Greg Bailey and Jude Massey – transatlantic rowers

Vegan Rugby players

Anthony Mullaly – Leeds Rhinos, Toronto Wolfpack
Mirco Bergamasco – Italian National Rugby Union Team and League Team, Petrarca, Stade Français, Racing Métro, Rovigo Delta, Zebre
Nick Blevins – Calgary Hornets, San Francisco Rush, Prairie Wolf Pack, Canada national team

Vegan Runners

Borja Perez Batet – duathlon champion, 10k race runner and champion
Andreas Vojta – track athlete, multiple champion in 1.5, 5 and 10k distances
Morgan Mitchell – high-achieving sprinter and relay runner
Ellen Jaffe Jones – high-achieving runner from sprint up to ultra distances
Carl Lewis – track and field athlete, multiple champion and Olympic gold medallist
Lisa Gawthorne – high-achieving duathlon competitor
Ana Cufer – multiple mountain running champion
Ben Dame – multiple endurance running champion and triathlete
Laura Kline – multiple duathlon champion
Helen Fines – multiple mountain running champion
Fiona Oakes – multiple endurance running champion and record-holder
Melissa Sundermann – high-achieving endurance runner and triathlete
Alberto Pelaez Serrano – multiple endurance running champion and record-holder
Ariel Rosenfeld – multiple endurance running champion and record-holder
Denis Mikhaylov – multiple endurance running champion and record-holder
Damian Stoy – multiple endurance running champion
Alister Gardner – multiple mountain running champion and record-holder
Vlad Ixel – multiple endurance running champion and record-holder
Yassine Diboun – multiple endurance running champion and record-holder
Ruth Heidrich – multiple running and triathlon champion
Catra Corbett – multiple endurance running champion and record-holder
Brendan Brazier – multiple endurance running champion and record-holder
Scott Jurek – multiple endurance running champion and record-holder

Vegan Skiers and Snowboarders

Niki Kelly – multiple snowboarding champion
Heather Mills – multiple skiing champion and record-holder
Seba Johnson – Olympic skier

Vegan Strength athletes, powerlifters, strongmen and women

Fia Kamlund – powerlifter, long-distance runner
Kim Best – high-achieving strongwoman
Hege Jenssen – pro level kettlebell competitor
Sahyuri (Sahy) Lalime – powerlifter
Nick Squires – powerlifting champion
Glenda Presutti – powerlifting champion and record-holder
Anastasia Zinchenko – powerlifting champion
Ramona Cadogan – Masters weightlifting champion
Nigel Morton – powerlifter
Yolanda Presswood – powerlifting champion and record-holder
Julia Trezise-Conroy – powerlifting champion and record-holder
Alison Crowdus – powerlifting champion
Hulda B. Waage – powerlifting champion and record-holder
Melody Schoenfeld – powerlifting record-holder, old time strongman challenge sensation
Bill McCarthy – powerlifting champion and record-holder
Patrik Baboumian – strongman champion, multiple record-holder
Joel Kirkilis – bodybuilder and powerlifting champion
Rob Bigwood – arm-wrestling champion
Pat Reeves – powerlifting champion and record-holder, long-distance runner
Joni Purmonen – high-achieving strongman, powerlifter

Vegan Surfers

Tia Blanco – multiple surfing champion
Kelly Slater – multiple surfing champion
John John Florence – multiple surfing champion
Alana Blanchard – multiple surfing champion
Jack Freestone – high-achieving pro-surfer
Nikki van Dijk – multiple surfing champion

Vegan Swimmers

Murray Rose – multiple Olympic medallist and record-holder
MenSa Eggleston – high-achieving swimmer
Rodolfo Palma – high-achieving swimmer, triathlete and coach
Xavier Desharnais – high-achieving open water swimmer

Vegan Tennis players

Novak Djokovic – multiple tennis champion, one of the best male tennis players of all time
Venus Williams – multiple tennis champion, one of the best female tennis players of all time
Martina Navratilova – multiple tennis champion, one of the best female tennis players of all time
Nick Kyrgios – multiple tennis champion
Vicki Cosio – multiple tennis champion

Vegan Triathletes

Stefhan Andersen – triathlon champion
Antoine Jolicoeur Desroches – high achieving triathlete
Ben Dame – high-achieving triathlete and endurance runner
Sebastjan Gergoric – high-achieving triathlete
Brendan Brazier – multiple triathlon champion
Rich Roll – high-achieving triathlete and pioneer
Melissa Sundermann – high-achieving triathlete, endurance runner and cyclist
Madi Serpico – multiple triathlon champion

Vegan Volleyball players

Dustin Watten – US national volleyball team, multiple champion

Vegan Wrestlers

Allie (Cherry Bomb, real name Laura Dennis) – multiple wrestling champion
Austin Aries – multiple wrestling champion
Zack Sabre Jr. – multiple wrestling champion
Tyler Bate – multiple wrestling champion
Markus Burke – multiple wrestling champion
Pete Dunne – multiple wrestling champion



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