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 Bronze Olympic medalist

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

Dan Bibby – Rugby sevens Olympic silver medalist, England national rugby sevens team and the Great Britain national rugby sevens 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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