It isn’t very known that just like regular people living normal lives athletes can be vegan too. I’m not only talking about the person that runs the community 5k or 10k but also serious record breaking professional athletes.
I’m going to show you some incredible stories of people that have transformed their lives to get what they want out of life.
They’re 3 female athletes that stick out to me:
1. Jannette Murray-Wakelin, Record Endurance Runner & Raw Vegan
Jannette is an amazing and accomplished woman. As a brief history before her running accomplishments she was diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer at the age of 52. She was given 6 months to live.
Fortunately, she’s a believer in the power of intention and says,
“However, the power of intention is far greater than that of fear, and I had every intention of staying around for a long time!”
She has been vegetarian for 25 years and vegan for the previous 15. Unfortunately, Jannette had experienced two toxic experiences in her life increasing her chances of cancer. One being a scaffolding accident where she got toxic anti-fouling paint on and in her, and two, she somehow got some exposure from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. She’s convinced this had a role in her cancer.
She responded to her cancer by working with a Naturopathic Doctor. Among other holistic therapies, she began a raw vegan diet. Within 6 months of her cancer diagnosis she was given a clean bill of health without any cancer cells in her body, among other obscure health benefits she describes.
She has always been a runner but now completes extraordinary accomplishments as a raw vegan runner with her husband Allan.
They are most known for their incredible feat of running 366 consecutive marathons (15,782km) around Australia for the whole year of 2013. It’s a published book called Running Out of Time. You can find it here: http://rawveganpath.com/product/running-out-of-time/
2. Samantha Shorkey, Bikini Pro Competitor & Outspoken Vegan
A local living in Vancouver British Columbia, Samantha Shorkey is a vegan bikini competitor and an outspoken vegan.
She’s been in writing and marketing for years which came to really benefit her career as she was competing and coaching (vegan only) clients. She used this skill to shine an even brighter spotlight on a couple of her big wins that have put her on the map as a notable bikini competitor.
The first to mention is her win in 2013 at an untested show where she placed first in the bikini tall division against other woman with omnivorous eating habits.
This was not a fluke. Afterwards, she won first overall in Texas at the 2014 INBF South Western Natural Championships.
This made her the first ever vegan WNBF Bikini Pro! BOOM!
3. Heather Mills, Vegan Entrepreneur & Gold Medal Skier
Heather has always been an entrepreneur to solve global issues such as raising funds to clear 20 million square meters of landmines and getting 400,000 amputees fitted with prosthesis. She has donated $1 million worth of plant based foods to underprivileged children in Bronx, New York.
Her Olympic accolades came after she was involved in a car accident which left her to have some of her leg removed in 93. She healed her wound after attending Hippocrates Health Institute where they gave her a raw vegan diet to heal.
During her healing process she was inspired to send 22,000 limbs to Croatian amputees.
She says she appreciated the vegan diet during her healing process and has campaigned for a vegan diet on several occasions including playing an important role in banning the import of cat and dog fur from China to the EU. She also walks the walks when shes travelling, always taking responsibility for eating a plant based diet.
In 2012 she took 4 golds while competing in the Adaptive Alpine Skiing National Championships World Cup. And, in 2015 she quickly continued to make statement by taking five world records in snow sports.
Heather was the first woman to ski 167km/hr with a prosthetic leg, matching the previous world record.
Heather now runs a world wide fake animal product food company and is the owner of a growing number of UK vegan restaurants called V-Bites.
“My plan is to improve the world with Veganism and that includes showing that healthy Vegans can be the best in sport. I plan to win a gold medal for downhill skiing in Alpine sports in Korea 2018 at the age of 50.”
I hope you’re inspired at least a little bit.
Great! My job is done for today!
I will be showing more female and male pro vegan athletes in the future. All of which will be added to a new page on my blog to highlight them.
To find more information about the athletes click the links below: