Tennis Player Marcus Daniell Goes Meat-Free For “Ethical and Environmental Reasons”
New Zealand-based professional tennis player Marcus Daniell was recently profiled in Stuff, with his newfound vegetarian diet in the spotlight.
Noting that the move towards a plant-based diet comes as the doubles player’s career “reaches new heights,” the article added that the meat-free diet was adopted for “ethical and environmental reasons.”
While Daniell states that he kept telling himself the “narrative that as a professional athlete [he] need[ed] to get protein from meat,” he also had been making an effort “to lessen [his] impact on the environment for years.” The push in making the decision was when he realized his dietary choices “made more of an impact on lessening [his] environmental footprint than any transport choices” he had made:
“That was the final nail in the coffin for me. Also, on many levels I agree with going vegetarian. Ideally vegan, but that might be taking it one step too far right now. I’ve still got a lot of energy, I’m enjoying my food and I don’t feel like I’m missing out.”
Daniell also added that he asked tennis star Venus Williams for advice about the diet, and that since he went public:
“A few other tennis players who are vegan or vegetarian have said to me congratulations and they’re glad I made the choice.”
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