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West Midlands Vegan festival 2010

 Intro...

 Push-up contest...

 Sponsors...

 Womens contest...

 Mens contest...

Cheerleaders!...

Dan...

 Winners...

 Finally...

 Pats Report...

 

Intro


That's right we're on 7 of 9!!!

When we started the journey I just knew it was going to be a good day..How you may ask?...Well straight away the Start trek nerd in me was catered for by the first train we got on..Yes, we were in coach 7 of 9 :-)


7 of 9 for those of you strange people who haven't watched star trek!

Three train changes later & we had made it to the festival & were ready to go!


Graham guards the stall

& were soon overwhelmed with interest & Mr Maz sprung into action!


Mighty Maz gives vegans a thing or two to think about!

Even Patrick from veggies got some training advice from our Maz :-)


Maz chats with Patrick while Chris gets up to mischief in the background!

 

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First on the list after setting up the stall was to hunt down Tim (Knut) & find a copy of the new vegan views book which has an article about starting training & diet for those new to healthy living by me :-)


Tim holding his favourite Vegan Views book (he calls it Horace & carries it everywhere :-)

Luckily I arrived while Tim still had some copies on sale, so I managed to get a cut-priced copy of the book which looked really good having articles about low impact living, self sufficiency & vegan living (see below at the sponsors for details on how to get a copy).  Then before I knew it Pat Reeves World record holding Powerlifter came along, so I snapped a quick picture of her with Tim.

 
Two World Champions & Tim (on the left)Pat Reeves World Record holding Powerlifter &
Gren Elmore World Champion Master 9-84yrs old & still lifting like a bulldozer! Both are in the BDFPA
Meanwhile Tim is terrified that someone wanted to buy Horace his favourite vegan views book!

Pat had a talk scheduled & is always a favourite with the crowd as she helps them with their dietary problems & can often sort out their issues while continuing to give an informative & entertaining talk.  A motivational & health speaker you don't want to miss!

I forgot to get pictures of the actual festival so you could see the whole event, but trust me the festival is as big as the London shows & very nearly as busy!  If you decide on a visit next year be prepared for a whole days worth of shopping, entertainment & information as there are talks, practical sessions, contests & of course plenty of food & gifts to buy (for yourself or others).  It is also a great place to bring non-vegans as it shows just what is available for vegans these days & it's certainly not the austere existence that many non-vegans believe it to be.

I also did a talk, well I actually did a practical session, all about ways to work soft tissue.  In this case we used a simple tennis ball.  If you are interested you can download the 5 page booklet as a pdf from here (approx 1.11Mb) or as a Word doc (approx 2.06Mb) that will show what we actually did during the talk (IMPORTANT NOTE: Please read the contraindications on the final page before you try out anything advised in the booklet & as I can't be there to supervise explain to your medical professional what you intend to do & get checked out before you attempt any of the movements mentioned).

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As a side note I bought the tennis balls off of ebay & a few of them fell to pieces during the talk.  Luckily we found a way to reuse those broken balls.


Even the broken balls found a good home after the talk :-)

After the talk it was back to stall.  I couldn't get away for Pats talk, but hopefully she'll be able to write an update of her talk & her day at the festival so we can all see what I missed during the day.  Before too long though it was time for the thing most people had been waiting for..that is the Push-up contest!

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West Midlands Vegan Festival push-up contest

 This contest was wide open as many of the past champions for contests hadn't made the journey to the midlands, so anyone could snatch the title at this contest!

First off we have to thank the main sponsor of our contests Fitness Superstore.  This is the first contest they've sponsored with us, & I think it went really well (actually a little too well as we had their details placed so prominently that many people thought we WERE fitness superstore until we explained things to them :-)   The main prizes for the 1st & 2nd place winners were 2 perfect push-up devices plus 2 pilates rings.  So, if you are after any training equipment & live in the UK or Europe then these are the guys you should check out as the more you support them, the more they can support us, so go check them out .

On the day we also got donations of goodies from (in no particular order):

Babys bum - premium natural soaps

Sea Shepherd - saving marine mammals using direct action

Ben Popple - chocolate maker

Moo free - dairy free chocolates

Brackencraft - hand made soaps

Lucyrose.biz - online organic beauty boutique

Perle Provence - healthy skin care range

Love me 2 - no website

Ethical wares - clothing & footwear

Forever Living products - Health, supplements, make-up & skin care

Viva! - campaigning for the animals

Hunt Saboteurs Association - saving animals using non-violent direct action

Lush - Handmade cosmetics

Pat Reeves book - A Living Miracle

Vegan Views book - a book on self sufficiency, low impact living & vegan lifestyle is available from:

Vegan Views
Longridge
Bankend Road,
Dumfries,
DG1 4TP.

Phone 01387 265 348
Email knut.caspari@gmail.com

UK including postage: £6
Europe including postage: £8
Rest of the world including postage: £10

& of course fitness superstore for all your sporting goods needs

So if you're in need of anything the companies above sell check them out first & think about them when you are buying Christmas gifts as the more support they get, the more they can support our contests!

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Women's contest

We had 6 contestants for the female contest.  This was the first year we decided to open up the contest to the under 16's (with parental approval) as over the years we've had many under 16's wanting to enter, so we decided it was time to open things up to the younger audience. I hope I get the correct names with the right person, if not just drop me a quick line & I'll sort it out.  Finally this year we have again used the 'on the knee' style (or three quarter) push-up variation for the female contest.  We hope to eventually move to a full push-up for females as they realise it is possible for females to excel at push-ups & in fact often get higher scores than many men, but for now many women seem to be put off competing doing the full reps...one day though we will convince enough of them to do a full rep contest!


Violet started the event with a cracking 27 reps


Fabia got an impressive 30 reps


Te got an awesome 63 reps

 


Emidel got a respectable 20 reps

 


Maya got a heroic 25 reps

 


Rhii got a mammoth 20 reps

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The mens contest

This year we had 9 entrants (& one extra, but more of that later!).  The men did full push-ups with the arms having to bend at the elbow to at least 90˚ & to fully extend the arm between each rep.  For men as well this year we have included the under 16 in the contests for the first time.


Matt started off the men with a strong 18 reps

 


Jazz got an inspiring 24 reps

 


James got a wrist wrenching 33 reps (he did reps on the backs of his hands!)

 


Alex got a hard won 33 reps (we're expecting 100 from this young guy quickly if he puts his mind to it!)

 


Matthew squeezed out 36 reps

 


Jules managed a decent 33 reps

 


Jamie achieved a gigantic 65 reps

 


Bill got a commendable 33 reps

 


Sam got an awe inspiring 58 reps

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The winners

For the ladies we had in 1st place the wonderful Te completing 63 gruelling reps who took home the revolving push-up handles from fitness superstore

In second came the athletic Fabia who got a pilates resistance ring from  fitness superstore for managing 30 hard reps

For the men in first place we had Jamie who got a set of revolving push-up handles from fitness superstore for managing to grind out 65 reps

& in second with a very tough 58 reps was Sam getting his hands on a pilates resistance ring from  fitness superstore

I would also like to give special thanks to Maz for MCing the event & Pat  Reeves for judging the event.

Here is a picture of all the winners with Pat Reeves World record holding powerlifter, International powerlifting judge, judge of our contest & vegan athlete!

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Cheerleaders!

This was also the first time we had a cheer leading section during the contest with Te & Fabia leading the dance!


Next year we need pom poms :-) hee hee

So well done to both of them :-)

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Dan

We did have one late entrant.   Dan a regular at these events missed the contest, but undeterred went ahead & knocked out a quick 40 reps just to show he was willing!


Tim allows his pet book Horace a quick ride on Dan as he knocks out reps

So finally I'd just like to thanks all the sponsors once again.  Go to their websites, buy their stuff, even take the time to write to them to thank them for sponsoring the event.

Special thanks to them all

Fitness superstore  - for all your training equipment needs

Babys bum - premium natural soaps

Sea Shepherd - saving marine mammals using direct action

Ben Popple - chocolate maker

Moo free - dairy free chocolates

Brackencraft - hand made soaps

Lucyrose.biz - online organic beauty boutique

Perle Provence - healthy skin care range

Love me 2 - no website

Ethical wares - clothing & footwear

Forever Living products - Health, supplements, make-up & skin care

Viva! - campaigning for the animals

Hunt Saboteurs Association - saving animals using non-violent direct action

Lush - Handmade cosmetics

Pat Reeves book - A Living Miracle

Vegan Views book - a book on self sufficiency, low impact living & vegan lifestyle is available from:

Vegan Views
Longridge
Bankend Road,
Dumfries,
DG1 4TP.

Phone 01387 265 348
Email knut.caspari@gmail.com

UK including postage: £6
Europe including postage: £8
Rest of the world including postage: £10

Finally

So that was our day.  Me & Maz had to rush to get our train & were back in spooky Brighton by 9.30 - it was the night before halloween & zombies had already marched through the town, & there was an all night White night event which was a great evening of arts & theatre stuff all around town which I enjoyed until a little after midnight, then had to head home as it had been a very long, very exciting day!

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Pats Report (Written by Pat Reeves)


Pat at the 2005 BDFPA Nationals

It was my absolute pleasure to be invited again by Kevin White (Redditch based organiser) for the third year of this great festival. I am sure it did not go unnoticed that the expression of goodwill, environmental passion, gentleness and motivation towards a healthier life was more abundant than ever this time around. I have received some great feedback from my talk - lots of books purchased via paypal and several people who already have contacted me because of their ongoing health issues - always happy to help! My webmaster has instructions to update and this will be effected imminently. Special consideration should be given to VeganViews current book - as will be noted on my website - hopefully later tonight. I knew Harry Mather - a legend in his own right - stayed over many years ago - and helped him with his later degenerative health issues. We need more people like Harry! I offered editorship to Tim - (Knut Caspari) to keep this magazine in the media, but apparently Harry's son will soon take over. Kudos to that! Press-up competition was great - whomever said vegans are weak had to 'eat those words' on 30th October! Very happy to be part of this event!

A bit about Gren from Pat

Gren Elmore - my earlier coach - now I coach him(!) is World Champion - Master 9 with BDFPA. I got him back into competing two years ago after a poor prognosis of prostate cancer (presently he is doing great in this regard). Last month I coached him to further success at European event in Malta - increasing his deadlift total to 118kg at 76kg bodyweight. Pretty good for an eighty-four-and-a-half-year-old! He also holds the World record - age-wise for bench press - 79kg!

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