- Posted by phytomaniac
- On June 16, 2017
As most everyone probably knows, people are turning to vegan diets in droves. This isn’t just true for average Joes, it’s true for professional athletes as well. This article is a female vegan athlete-focused part 2 to our original male-focused vegan athlete list you can find here.
All of the following female vegan athletes have adopted a vegan diet for different reasons, but what is most noteworthy is the fact that they are at the top of their respective sports.
Are you curious to know who they are?
Meet 10 famous female vegan athletes who are convinced that plants provide all the fuel they need to dominate their sport:
1. Morgan Mitchell
Morgan Mitchell just won her 3rd Australia title in the 400 meter dash. She’s an Australian sprinter specializing in the middle sprints. She’s looking forward to the World Championships coming up in London in July.
“I have been vegan for a year and a half. That’s really helped with everything: energy, health, the environment. I am one of those people who actually cares. It’s what I chose to do.”
She competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Check out her IG @morganmitch or contact regarding vegan inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Tia Blanco
Tia is a 19 year old pro surfer, having won the gold medal at both the 2015 and 2016 International Championships. The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which means Tia may very well be a female vegan athlete surfing for the United States in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games when surfing makes its official debut as an Olympic sport in Japan.
“I am rarely ever sore after my workouts. I also find myself reaching a higher athletic level. I have been a vegetarian since I was born and I just became vegan about in 2013.”
I did a lot of research about diet and saw what they did to animals on a documentary called, ‘Behind Glass Walls’. I also read ‘The China Study’ and watched ‘Forks Over Knives’. What I found was pretty horrific and informative at the same time. I knew from that point on I was going to switch to a vegan diet…”
Contact Tia through her agent at email@example.com
3. Vanessa Espinoza
Vanessa is a 3x Colorado Golden Glove State Champion boxer. She played Division I basketball and had the opportunity to play in the WNBA, but decided on boxing instead. She is an ardent female vegan athlete and dedicated animal rights proponent. She maintains a vegan diet focused on sports nutrition and is a trainer and consultant to those interested in vegan-based performance athletics. Check out her site at www.plantbasedmuscles.com
4. Steph Davis
Steph is a world class climber, base jumper and devoted female vegan athlete. She is the first female to ascend the Torre Egger and to free solo the Diamond on Long’s Peak. She is also the first woman to summit the Fitz Roy in Patagonia and the 2nd to free climb El Capitan. In an interview with Brendan Leonard, she said, “factory farming is abhorrent and no one should add one more penny of their money into sustaining it”.
Check out her site at http://stephdavis.co/
5. Venus Williams
Venus has been the number one ranked tennis player in the world (and probably most well known female vegan athlete) by the Women’s Tennis Association on three separate occasions for a total of 11 weeks all together. She has 4 Olympic gold medals, has won at Wimbledon 6 different times and has won an incredible 49 singles titles in her career! Venus became a vegan to combat painful joint symptoms and fatigue.
Her official website is http://venuswilliams.com/
6. Claire Foreman
Claire ‘Fury’ Foreman is a Muay Thai martial artist from Australia. In 18 fights, she has won 16, lost 2 and has won 3 by Knock Out. In an excerpt from her Facebook page, Claire states, “Nutrition is really important to me, and I predominately base my diet off plant based whole foods – i.e. lots of veggies, fruits, whole-grains, pulses, beans, sprouts and nuts/seeds. I gave up meat years ago and dairy just recently for ethical reasons and but it’s also been really beneficial for my fitness, recovery time and overall health.“
There’s a gym contact on Claire’s FB fan page at http://absolutemma.net.au/
7. Hulda Waage
Hulda Waage is an Icelandic powerlifter and female vegan athlete. She describes herself as a “Vegan Powerlifting woman with the aim of affecting public health.”
She has bench pressed nearly 309 pounds! Squatted 400! And in the overall competition lifted an astounding 1058 pounds.
8. Meagan Duhamel
Meagan is a Canadian Olympic figure pair skater who has won a silver at the Olympics in Sochi. She has medaled at 15 major international competitions.
“I have been a vegan since December 2008 therefore I do not eat meat, milk, cheese or anything that comes from an animal.”
One of the benefits of being a female vegan athlere was she found it easier to control her weight, which was something her skate partner Eric Radford benefited from as he often has to lift her. “I think for any pair team in skating the girls weight can affect a teams performance. Meagan is always in peak condition so lifting her is very easy.” However, her exploration of food meant that Eric confided in perhaps a negative effect of Meagan’s veganism on him was: “When I have to lift Meagan’s suitcase which is full of her food!”
In preparing for the 2014 winter Olympics she explained she was feasting on “homemade bread, pumpkin-apple butter, granola, cookies, trail mixes, and snacks like that.” She is also trains with vegan retired ice hockey star Georges Laraque for long distance runs.
“It’s great working with Meagan. She always has a ton of energy so even if I’m tired HER energy keeps me going. She has brought some amazing vegan baking into the rink to share with everybody and everybody is always so surprised to hear it’s vegan!”
Meaghan’s Twitter contact is: https://twitter.com/mhjd_85?lang=en
9. Melody Schoenfeld
At 5’0” tall and 102 pounds of body weight, Melody can dead lift 255 pounds, benched 115 and squatted 180. She’s been a hardcore vegan for over 14 years and
Melody’s web page is: https://breakingmuscle.com/coaches/melody-schoenfeld
10. Raechelle Chase
Raechelle is a raw vegan fitness model and bodybuilder from New Zealand. She is a sponsored female vegan athlete for Sketchers Fitness, Body Ripped Sports Nutrition, Life Magazine and Nutrigenix and an IFBB Pro Figure competitor, fitness model & TV.
Her website is: http://www.raechellechase.com/
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If you would like to read our article on the top 10 male vegan athletes, you can do so here.