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INTERVIEW with vegan Paralympic Rowing champion David Smith MBE

INTERVIEW with vegan Paralympic Rowing champion David Smith MBE

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In this series of interviews, we are speaking with all the speakers who will be presenting at VegfestUK London 2016, asking them about their current projects, goals, publications and favourite vegan food and other vegan activists.


Today we have vegan Paralympic gold medallist in rowing from London 2012, David Smith MBE. David won the World Rowing Championships in the mixed coxed four, and then went on to win Gold in the mixed coxed four at Eton Dorney during the London 2012 Paralympic Games, just 14 months out of hospital after surgery on his tumoured spinal cord. Alongside his sporting life, David studied sports science and sports performance at Bath University. He also has Diplomas in sports nutrition and sports conditioning. David was awarded the MBE in the New Years honour list for 2012 which capped an amazing year in his sporting journey.




What's your current main project?

Grandes des Alps ride


Have you had anything published recently (or recorded)?

Deadman cycling BBC documentary 


Anything you're particularly interested in or concerned with at the moment?

Hospital nutrition 


Which other vegan activists are currently interesting you the most?

Rich Roll and Brendan Brazier


What’s your current favourite vegan food experience?

Fresh juices


What's your current ambition / goal / dream to achieve?

World championships road cycling 2017


Below is a short video highlighting David’s amazing achievements so far:


Many thanks to David for giving up his time to answer our questions above. Make sure not to miss David’s speech at Olympia London (Conference Centre) – Saturday October 22nd 2016 (time TBA) as part of the Vegan Athletes Summit. David will talk about how veganism changed his life. With his veganism inspired by Rich Roll, David has overcome tremendous physical and health challenges to become a gold medallist “I feel better now at 36 and after three major neck surgeries than I have ever felt in my life and I owe that to a vegan diet. It is also great to know that you’re not only giving your body the best nourishment but your also not hurting any animals and helping the planet.”


Visit David’s websites below: 


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