With the Olympics in full swing, we thought we would join in the fun and post some of our favourite vegan athletes.
The photo above was taken in London just before the Games started. It features Dr Andrew Knight, a veterinarian, bioethicist and adventurer and some of the other athletes from the Extreme Vegan Sporting Association. Dr Knight wrote for both my books Forever 21 and Vegans Are Cool. Here is an extract from my interview with him in Vegans Are Cool:
What is the purpose of the Extreme Vegan Sporting Association?
Veganism helps animals and the environment, and enables more efficient use of global food and water resources, thereby saving human lives too. However, many people resist these logical arguments for cultural reasons. Veganism is culturally alien to them. Some seem to imagine that vegans must endure grim and joyless lives of self-denial: no meat pies, leather jackets or animal-tested lipstick? Surely, we must dream of little more than our own untimely deaths, as we feebly stagger through our days, made pale and weak by lack of essential animal proteins? What kind of folk would subject themselves to such extremes?
I created the Extreme Vegan Sporting Association to demonstrate just how fun and fit vegans can really be. Growing numbers of athletes, as well as otherwise normal folk, have discovered some very important truths: by exercising basic consideration for the lives of those they would otherwise eat, and the people and animals who share our environment, vegans almost always become healthier and fitter! Karma, perhaps? Whatever the reason, being vegan can be seriously fun!
All who subscribe to our fun and life-affirming sporting ideals may consider themselves members of the Extreme Vegan Sporting Association. They can showcase their exploits on www.ExtremeVeganSports.org. We currently include pictures or videos of vegan body builders, bungy jumpers, cyclists, dune tumblers, hikers, mountaineers, martial artists, runners, sky divers and yodellers. I encourage your readers to send in pictures of their own exploits via the website. All sports will be considered, but participants must be vegan!
What’s next for you?
Two years ago an all-vegan team completed the infamous Welsh 15 Peaks challenge, climbing all 15 peaks higher than 3,000 feet, in the same day. The amazing stories and photos are available via www.Vegan15Peaks.info. This Saturday, a small team of vegans will be aiming to repeat the challenge – but this time, we’re aiming to run, rather than walk. The 30 miles/48 km and 14,921 feet/4000+ m of ascent we face will either kill us, or allow us to complete what is, as far as we know, this is the world’s first vegan ultra-marathon. Even the weather will be challenging. During the first attempt six weeks ago small streams became impassable torrents during torrential rain, and after battling over one mountain range, the course was closed for safety reasons. This weekend, we’ll try again, and more rain is forecast. It is, after all, a British summer…
But the good news is that we’re fundraising for Sea Shepherd – the fearless guardians of the world’s whales and other threatened marine life. Please consider sparing a thought, and maybe a donation to Sea Shepherd, as we battle over the mountains of Snowdonia, this weekend. You can sponsor us by going to www.justgiving.com/run-vegan-welsh-3000s.
For more info about our event, see http://www.vegan-welsh-3000s.co.uk/#
Please feel free to download the above photo and share on your Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages. With everyone focusing on athletes for the next few weeks it is the perfect time to emphasise the health benefits of being vegan. 🙂