David Smith (rower)

British rower

David Smith MBE (born 21 April 1978) is a British adaptive rower who won a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

Smith in 2012


  • [Going vegan] was originally for my health and sporting performance – however, it has grown from that to being based on ethical views, also. … I noticed right away that I had more focus and reduced recovery times and generally felt lighter from the inside. … I think as more athletes realise the benefits of this lifestyle and the positive impact it can have on your health, we will hopefully see more switches. … I like to think of it as crowding out the bad stuff. The more good plant-based foods you bring into your kitchen, the more your body will start to crave them.
  • Making it onto the GB Cycling squad and fighting through my second tumour so much faster than I did my first time round is one of my greatest achievements. I believe 100% that following a plant based lifestyle got me back on my bike 6 weeks to the day after having my tumour removed from my spinal cord in my neck. … 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.

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