Five vegan sportswomen celebrate world vegan day

Vegan Venus has followed a plant-based diet since 2011 (PA Images)
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To celebrate this week's World Vegan day, here are five female athletes proving that it is possible to succeed at the top when powered by plants.

1. Venus Williams - The 39-year-old has been following a plant-based diet since 2011. Doctors advised her to follow a vegan diet after she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.

The former world number 1 has seven grand slam titles to her name (PA Images)

2. Meagan Duhamel - Along with partner Eric Radford, the Canadian 33-year-old skater is a two-time world champion as well as 2018 Olympic Champion and 2014 Olympic silver medallist in the team event. and 2018 Olympic bronze medallist in the pairs event. She became vegan in December 2008 and also runs a wellness blog titled "LutzofGreens."

Megean Duhamel and pairs partner Eric Radford compete at the 2018 Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang (PA Images)

3. Seba Johnson - In 1998, a 14-year-old Johnson made history as the youngest Alpine ski racer in Olympic history whilst also becoming the first black female to ski at the Olympics. She has been a vegan since birth and is an advocate for animal rights.

Seba Johnson made history at the age of 14 (vivalavegan)

4. Hulda B Waage - The leading power-lifter was born and raised in Iceland and since she started competing in 2011 she has set 32 National records including 2016, 2017 and 2018 National Champion and Cup holder

Waage has three times been National champion (huldabwaage instagram)

5. Tia Blanco - The pro surfer won the Open Women's World Surfing Championship in both 2015 and 2016. She grew up as a vegetarian but adopted the vegan diet in 2013 because of her love of the environment, animals, and the sea.

Blanco was inspired to go vegan by her love of the sea (tiablanco instagram)