Athletes

Examples of  gfree athletes doing their thing….Click on pictures to enlarge and colored boxes for more info…..

arrow

Allie Martens

Nordic Skier

close

Bio:

Allie has been gluten free since April 2012 for non-CD gluten intolerance after lifelong stomach problems. She is originally from Eden Praire, MN. She is currently a Spanish major, a Nordic skier at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University in St. Joseph/Collegeville, MN. She also enjoys running and playing the piano and is a gluten free blogger.

You can read her blog at http://gfreebennie@blogspot.com. and also follow her on twitter @gfreebennie.

Allie is a great example of life after switching to the gluten free lifestyle – a college student and collegiate athlete, plays piano and runs her own gfree blog!

arrow

Kai Fogata

Gfree grom/Skateboarder

close

Bio:

Kai is gluten free due to celiac disease that was diagnosed in 2010. He was born in Ventura, Ca in 2000 on New Year’s Day and is 4th generation Ventura County resident. He still resides in Ventura and currently attends Golden Valley Charter School. He enjoys skateboarding and is learning to surf. He also likes hiking, hanging out with his friends, playing the drums, learning guitar, going to concerts and helping his family run glutenlibre.com.

arrow

Josh Schieffer

Runner/Tri-Athlete

close

Bio:

The creator of the Annual Gluten Free Awards and The Gluten-Free Buyers Guide was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and started a gluten-free diet in 2010.  The gluten-free diet allowed Josh to shave 50 minutes of his marathon time.  He currently runs for Team Gluten-Free, a charitable arm of The Celiac Disease Foundation.  Josh’s most significant races have been The Great Wall of China Marathon, and The Beach to Battleship Ironman Distance Triathlon.  Josh will be running in the 2013 NYC Marathon raising money for Team Gluten-Free. 

arrow

Jacob Zalac

Golfer

close

Bio:

Jacob is gluten free due to celiac disease that was diagnosed in 2010. He is from Olmstad Falls, OH (greater Cleveland area). He played baseball when he was younger and was a Varsity golfer in high school. He still golfs and also likes to ski. He is currently a freshman at Miami University. He is involved in the Greater Cleveland Celiac Support Group and runs his website, VerifiedGF.com. You can also follow him on twitter @VerifiedGF.

arrow

Timmy Curran

Surfer

close

Bio:

Timmy is from Silver Strand Beach in Oxnard,Ca. and started surfing at a young age. After entering and winning contests, sponsorships followed. This gave him the opportunity to travel, compete and gain more exposure. At age 20 he qualified for the World Tour, ranking as high as 6th in the world before walking away from the tour. He is considered one of the pioneers of the “aerial revolution” of the late 90’s. In 2005 he was credited with landing the first aerial flip at Rocky Point, HI. Early in his career he was diagnosed with gluten intolerance which kept him from being 100%. Since then he has switched to a gluten free diet and is charging life even harder. He is now an accomplished musician and tours with his band, playing small venues for his fans. He still surfs and is sponsored by Hurley, Channel Islands Surfboards, Vestal, Hoven and Famous Wax.

arrow

Rebecca Bishop

Distance runner & marathoner

close

Bio:

Rebecca Bishop is an avid distance runner and marathoner on a mission to run a marathon in all 50 states and DC (her favorites so far being in Colorado Springs and Kentucky at the Hatfield-McCoy Reunion Marathon), and currently has 10 states under her belt within 2 years. She was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2011 and has thrived on a gluten-free and vegan diet. While she has yet to qualify for Boston, it is definitely one of her ultimate ambitions. She’ll be running her 15th state by the end of 2013, and is especially looking forward to running in rural Montana this September. She especially hopes to help others like herself that are struggling with celiac and wants to let them know ANYTHING is possible!

arrow

Sage Donnelly

Gfree grom/kayaker

close

Bio:

Sage Donnelly is a 12 year old athlete who is a National Champion kayaker, a climber, a mountain biker and a trail runner from Reno, NV. She is also a type 1 diabetic with celiac disease (CD) and thyroid disease. She was diagnosed with diabetes at age 3, CD at age 8, and thyroid disease at 11. She wants others to know that “whatever is thrown your way, you can still rise up and charge!” Her titles include 2012 Jr. Women’s Point Series National Champ, 2011 Freestyle National champ and Point Series Champ as well as Age Group National Champion in Slalom kayak and Canoe since 2009. She is also preparing for a chance to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. Her sponsors include: Jackson Kayaks, Snap Dragon Sprayskirts, Kokatat, WRS!, Keen, Werner Paddles, Pocket Fuel Naturals, G-Form Protection,and Boardworks/Badfish SUP’s

arrow

Jessica Patterson

Motorcross

close

Bio:

Jessica “JP$ (JP Money)” Patterson is from Tallahasse, FL. She starting riding motorcycles with her dad at age 7. She is a legend in women’s motorcross racing and probably a future inductee into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Jessica originally switched to a gluten free as part of her training regimen. She use to get bad head aches and by chance she discovered her bad head aches were related to ingesting gluten. Now that she is gluten free her head aches are gone. She feels better and notices other positive affects after going gluten fee. She believes she has a mild intolerance to gluten. Jessica has won 42 Amateur National Championships, 6 Women’s Pro Championships, she has been featured on 2 EA Sports Video games, nominated for a 2009 ESPN ESPY Award, was the 2010 Women’s rider of the year, an X-Games Medalist and more. Due to a reduction of races in women’s motorcross she started racing in the GNCC series which are longer races, up to 3 hours. In the 2013 GNCC series she has a 1st place finish in her first GNCC race ever and podium finishes in the rest so far. Jessica’s supporters/sponsors are N-Fab, Fox, Rockstar Energy, Oakley, DC Shoes, Dunlop, FMF, Asterisk, Yamaha, Enzo, Rockwell Training Facility, WORX Alloy, VIRUS, Galfer Brakes, DT1, Kicker, St. Lawrence Radiology, Ti-Lube, Mototassinari, Motion Pro, Sunstar, Excel, Fusion Graphics.

arrow

Craig Pinto

Football player

close

Bio:

Craig is from Jericho, NY and is gluten free due to celiac disease. He has been living with celiac disease for over 13 years. He also has Crohn’s disease which was diagnosed when he was 12 years old. After starting his undergrad as a student-athlete at Hofstra University where he played both football and ice hockey, he completed his B.A. at NYU and is a current M.S. candidate in Fundraising and Grant Making at NYU as well. Celiac disease is something that is close to his heart. He has a passion to give back to the community, has been a guest speaker at various events, and was recently featured on TLC’s NY Ink to tell his story about living with Celiac & Crohn’s Disease. Craig has also appeared on TV’s ABC, Bravo, News12, and as a guest multiple times on SiriusXM radio shows, to raise awareness and education about Celiac Disease and the Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation.

Craig is former professional indoor football player for the New Jersey Revolution Arena football team, where he was also a team captain, from 2008-2010. He became a 2010 Guinness Book of World Records record holder for most field goals kicked in 12 hours, setting a world record during a charity event to raise awareness for Celiac Disease by making 717 forty yard field goals. In 2011, he set his second Guinness World Record, by making the most field goals kicked in 24 hours, making an unbelievable 1,000 forty yard field goals in that time frame. Recently, Craig was elected into the American Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2013, recognizing him for his World Record accomplishments as well as his dedication to the Celiac Disease and Crohn’s Disease communities through the game of football.

Outside of his devotion to the Celiac & Crohn’s Disease communities, he coaches both youth football and ice hockey at local area schools. Craig is an avid New York Islanders hockey fan, a fan of the Portuguese National Soccer Team, as well as a USC Football fan, and loves playing sports and listening to music outside of work.

arrow

Jimmy Atherton

Football player

close

Bio:

Young teenager Jimmy Atherton is gluten free due to celiac disease (CD). He is from Alpine, Ca (near San Diego) and has one sister. He was diagnosed at age 12 and is one of three diagnosed with CD in his family. His sister and mom also have CD. Jimmy began to show symptoms of celiac disease at age 12, everything from lethargy and headaches to loss of appetite, severe stomach aches and over all loss of energy and poor skin color. Jimmy and his family were lucky to have a doctor who diagnosed him pretty quickly but like a lot of doctors, there was no follow up advice after diagnosis. The Atherton’s were left with having to learn about celiac disease and the gluten free diet on their own. School was the biggest challenge for Jimmy due to limited food choices and cross contamination. Jimmy is currently home schooled through CalPac for reasons we can all relate to when it comes to public schools and CD. Sometimes its best to work your child’s schooling around CD and the gfree diet versus the other way around. The biggest reason for this is to get your child back to health. His health is a lot better as a result of being home schooled and he will try returning to school in 8th grade.

The Atherton’s story is all too familiar, watching your child suffer without knowing why, being grateful to your doctor for diagnosing yet being disappointed for not getting any advice after diagnosis, learning about CD and the gluten free diet on your own, having trouble with your child’s dietary needs at school, having to pull your child out of school to get him healthy and having other family members diagnosed from child’s diagnosis. Sounds a lot like our story.

Jimmy loves to skateboard and his next favorite sport is football. He excels at football and has played lineman, corner back,wide receiver and quarterback. He also enjoys swimming, basketball and other sports a swell, over all a very athletic kid.

Jimmy is thriving on the gluten free diet and has shot up in growth, he is now 5’9” and already wears a size 12 shoe. He has taken control of his health and has positive attitude. Jimmy is blessed with a supportive family, the Atherton family moto is, “Knowledge & Control- know what you’re eating, & control your health.” Jimmy’s dad doesn’t have CD but is 100% gfree in support of his family. They also run Atherton Baking Company. Jimmy and his family are a great example of turning celiac disease into a positive thing and not letting it bring them down. They are also strong celiac disease advocates. You can check them out on facebook and follow them on twitter.

arrow

Rebecca Black

Fitness Athlete

close

Bio:

Inspired by her need to help others and her own transformation, Rebecca began on a quest to challenge the issues facing those who want to change their lives and become healthier, happier people. Before opening Bexa, Rebecca created Strong Body by Rebecca, and trained clients in Columbus, OH. for over 2 years. While training and educating others, she realized her services and those of energetic, knowledgeable and support training and professionals are in great demand.

Rebecca’s inspiration behind Bexa Body Fitness was her own personal transformation. Rebecca realized how complicated it was to navigate through the enormous amount of information provided in magazines, books and the internet on topics of health and fitness. Being a woman complicated this even more. The fitness industry caters mostly to men, and even more concerning, retrofits information and services that were made for men and distorts them for women.

She found that there was general lack of knowledge and motivation for those in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. In addition, she found that individuals, particularly women, had low self-esteem and fitness levels. She also found a proliferation of health misconceptions in popular media and its promotion of health information that is invalid or contradictory and have a short term focus. Armed with motivation, and against the odds of faltering economy, Bexa Body Fitness opened its doors in January of 2012.

Bexa Body Fitness just had their 1 year anniversary on January 29, 2013. Rebecca prides herself on providing a fitness business unlike any other in Columbus, OH. Bexa Body Fitness is thriving with a casual, comfortable atmosphere coupled with serious results. What Bexa Body Fitness proved in year one is that it is able to help anyone achieve their fitness goals.  At Bexa, the staff and clients are all treated as family, which helps recruit and retain excellent trainers and loyal clients. Currently, Rebecca provides personal training services to clients and manages the day to day operations of Bexa Body Fitness. She attends charity and networking events in central Ohio, trains and conditions female sports teams from Westerville Central High School. She also speaks to different organizations about health and fitness along with seeking philanthropic opportunities for Bexa. Her passion is sharing her talents to motivate her staff and clients to realize their potential and achieve results they didn’t think were possible.

After being diagnosed with celiac disease in early 2012, Rebecca created and maintains a popular celiac blog, Pretty Little Celiac. Due to her notoriety, she has consulted with Kroger on improving their shopping experience for those customers with gluten related problems. Rebecca is a regular speaker on the Celiac Awareness Tour and the Gluten Free Allergen Expo.  

arrow

Giulia Cimino

Runner/ Cross country & track

close

Bio:

Giulia Cimino is from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, which is located just across the bridge from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She’s 9 years old and attends Resurrection Catholic School where she is just about to complete fourth grade. She’s a member of her school’s track team where her strengths are in the 400 and 800-meter individual races as well as the 4X100-meter relay. Her relay team is already posting qualifying times for the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, a race they aren’t eligible to participate in for three more years! Giulia is also a member of her school’s cross-country team where she posted 13-minute times in her 1.5-mile races, and received the Presidential Fitness Award, all while still very sick from the side effects of her newly diagnosed disease!

Giulia was diagnosed with Celiac disease on January 9th, 2012, after about a year and a half of searching for answers as to why she wasn’t feeling good. This was a big challenge for her, especially in her school setting. Giulia was the first in her school to be diagnosed with this disease, so there was a huge learning curve for everyone there to overcome. Her parents became advocates for her in her school and her community, educating others of the severity of the disease and the need to be completely gluten free. It was Giulia’s courage and determination to overcome this disease that motivated her parents to create “Gluten Free Digest”, a website dedicated to helping people deal with the daily challenges of living a gluten free lifestyle.

Giulia also participates in many other school activities including “Broadway Kids” which performs shortened versions of Broadway hits like “Annie”. She’s also a member of a club called “Pipers”, a service oriented club that does things like make sandwiches for area food kitchens, making crafts for some of the nursing home residents in town, and hold fundraiser events for charity. But one of Giulia’s biggest charity events to date was when she helped her parents collect donated gluten free food for people in need after Hurricane Sandy destroyed much of the New Jersey coastline. She helped deliver the food to two food banks in storm-ravaged areas, even staying to help out for a couple of hours! This story was featured on their website in December of 2012.

It’s been nearly a year and a half since her diagnoses and Giulia has really taken charge of her health. She makes smart choices when it comes to food, and questions anything she is not sure of. Her health has improved dramatically since going gluten free… and she wants to keep it that way!

arrow

Brian Fogata

Surfer

close

Bio:

Brian was born in Santa Paula, Ca and has resided in Ventura, Ca for the past 35 years. Growing up near the coast and the local mountains allowed him to enjoy both growing up and he still does.

After moving to Ventura around the age of 10 it wasn’t long before he started enjoying the ocean and the beach. He started surfing at age 14 and also got into ocean fishing and spear fishing. Growing up near the beach provided a life with close friends he will remember forever. He has surfed all over California, including spots he won’t mention, all over Baja, Mainland Mexico and Costa Rica.

Brian has been married to his wife Kathleen for almost 20 years. They have six children together and still reside in Ventura. Brian still loves to do all things ocean related when he can around work and his busy life, his main thing is surfing. He loves it when the whole family and friends get together at their local beach on nice summer and fall days.

His son Kai has celiac disease and his diagnosis led to Kathleen’s diagnosis. Since her diagnosis he has been gluten free as a diet choice to support his wife and son. He is also very active in helping his family run glutenlibre.com.

He also loves photography and takes most of the pictures on their website. He loves to (and still can) skateboard with Kai when he can.

arrow

Quadelia Chase

Roller Derby

close

Bio:

Quadelia Chase is a Roller Girl who plays for the Birmingham Blitz Dames, in Birmingham England and has been skating with the team for 5 years (first as a referee and now as a skater on the A-team).

In 2004, Whilst studying for a Fine Art degree in Birmingham, Chase was taken ill with food poisoning which landed her on a drip in hospital. After dramatic weight loss she cut out milk, gluten and wheat from her diet and over time was able to reintroduce dairy products into her diet successfully but has never been able to eat wheat or gluten since without becoming ill. Chase has been free from wheat and gluten since then.

Chase trains on skates 3 to 4 times a week (both with the Birmingham Blitz Dames and the Crash Test Brummies a local men’s team which she supports during training and as Lineup Manager) and works out in the gym to keep in shape 2 to 3 times a week on top of this. The gluen free food she eats to keep her body fit and fueled is very important to her and she keeps a blog on her diet, roller derby activity and fitness. She has a blog about what she does, Gluten Free Derby Girl.

arrow

Georgette Oden

Jiu Jitsu

close

Bio:

Georgette Oden, 40, has been training Brazilian jiu jitsu for five years and is currently a blue belt under Donald Park/Royler Gracie, training at Gracie Humaita in Austin, TX.  She is also a lawyer and loves to cook for her husband.  Originally she went gluten free for fertility purposes.  She has extremely high levels of cytokine inflammation which results in immune intolerance of implanting embryos.  Although she hasn’t yet succeeded in having a baby, she plans on staying gluten free regardless of her fertility journey because she feels lighter, stronger, and has substantially fewer migraines after making the switch. She also has a blog about what she does, Georgette’s Jiu Jitsu World.

arrow

Jack Kurzhal

Karate

close

Bio:

The youngest GF Athlete of the household, 6 yr. old Jack was diagnosed with celiac disease as a toddler in 2009. Born in South Bend, IN – Home of the Notre Dame Irish, Jack now lives in Hendersonville, TN where he’s joined the Black Belt Club at David Deaton’s Karate studio. Even though he’s young, this gluten-free karate kid is packing a good punch and kicking his way towards a black belt! Jack also enjoys baseball and dreams of going to Superhero school to be the next Ironman.

arrow

Nicolas Cole

Bodybuilder

close

Bio:

Cole is a man of many hats. He is a former hockey player and current bodybuilder; a rap and hip-hop producer, singer, and songwriter; an author with specialties in non-fiction and poetry; a former world ranked World of Warcraft gamer; and is an advocate for living both a Gluten and Dairy free lifestyle. Cole was diagnosed with Celiac Disease when he was 18 years old, and embraced the change to his life by exploring different passions. Bodybuilding, for example, gave him reason to make the switch, and soon Cole was advocating the diet change to his fellow lifters, modeling his physique as an example of what eating clean can do.

Being Gluten Free means more to Cole than just eating a certain way. He believes that the Gluten Free lifestyle is all about learning how food affects you, and that means being knowledgeable. We should know what we’re putting into our bodies, and Cole stands behind this by advocating health awareness.

Being a competitive athlete, an artist, a musician and a gamer, Cole sees that there’s a lot in life he wants to do. None of these things would be possible for him, had he not made the necessary changes in his life. Cole jokes that had he never gone Gluten Free, his entire future would have been flushed down the toilet, so to speak.

arrow

Ryan Parry

Motocross

close

Bio:

My name is Ryan Parry and I have been gluten free since 2010 after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I race motocross, professional on the kicker arenacross tour for 5 years, and I use to get tired really quickly during races until I found the paleo diet. The doctors always told me I would never be off insulin, have normal blood glucose readings or even live a “normal” life, but now that I’m gluten free I’m proving them wrong. All of my numbers are now in the normal range, still on the high side, but coming down. I now have a family so the racing is limited but I’m currently racing local motocross races and will soon start 100 mile desert racing. My endurance is at an all time high and my strength is even higher. I credit that to being gluten free and all the training in the gym and out. I also have to thank Wardy Wellness Chiropractic for showing me my new lifestyle. So if your diabetic and doctors are telling you, “you will never live a normal life” don’t listen to them. A STRICT diet and STRICT exercise routine you CAN do it. The only one holding you back is you..

arrow

Drew Ash

Jiu Jitsu

close

Bio:

Bio coming soon..

arrow

Fabiana Jorge

Jiu Jitsu

close

Bio:

Bio coming soon….

arrow

Runa

Cycling for Awareness

close

Bio:

I’m 25 years old, from Denmark, but have been living and studying in England for the last 4 years. I was diagnosed with coeliac disease in May 2013, and have since then been getting used to living a gluten-free life.

I like trying new things, so I don’t really stick to one particular sport, I row, dance salsa, go to the gym and am generally fairly active in my day to day life, the picture is from my first hiking trip in Wales a few weeks ago.

In November I am going to New Zealand to cycle from Auckland to Queenstown to raise awareness for Coeliac Disease, a trip of around 2000km!

You can help my awareness campaign and keep up with my trip (or prep for the trip at the moment) on facebook by liking my page Runa’s Ride for Coeliac at https://www.facebook.com/runasride or follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/runasridecoelia

arrow

Lindsay Tredent

Multi-sports

close

Bio:

I’m a surfer, snowboarder, and triathlete with a passion for music, technology, and life in general. I have been gluten free since April 2012 after discovering I had a severe gluten intolerance by taking a blood test. You can read more about my story at fitandawesome.com

I also started a blog on my website to document my health and fitness journey since becoming gluten-free. I talk primarily about health and fitness and being gluten free with an emphasis on the paleo diet principles (but I’m not a paleo freak).

arrow

Patrick Staropoli

NASCAR Racer

close

Bio:

Patrick Staropoli was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2009. He is now 23 years old and is a *summa cum laude* (highest honors) graduate of Harvard University. He has excelled in school earning a 3.94 GPA, being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and ranked in the Top 10% of his class. He currently attends medical school at the University of Miami. However, since 2003, Patrick has taken the same skill and determination he uses in the classroom and applied it to his passion for racing. When competing in Florida, Patrick serves as his own crew chief, constantly learning aboutthe latest in chassis technology and applying it to the setup of hisrace car. The opportunity of a lifetime presented itself in 2013 when Patrick made it to the finals and won the PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge. Patrick is now a development driver for Michael Waltrip Racing and hopes to continue to climb the ladder to the Sprint Cup Series.

Make sure you follow Patrick on facebook (LIKE ‘Patrick Staropoli’) and twitter (@97patrickstar).

arrow

Jason Roberts

Surf/Skate/Bike

close

Bio:

Jason Roberts is an internationally known chef and cast member of the hit daytime talk show “The Chew” on ABC. Roberts brings his unique flair and cooking style to the show for in studio segments and travels the country in search of unique and interesting food.

A native of New Zealand, Roberts is best known for his charismatic smile and fun personality. Having grown up in a family of food professionals, he discovered a passion for food at a young age. Turning it into a career, he spent seven years as an executive chef in Australia and in 2005, hosted the award winning food talk show, “Jason Roberts’ Taste” on the PAX Television Network. Roberts is the author of two cookbooks, ‘Elements’ and ‘Graze: Lots of Little Meals Fast.’ Roberts believes that meal time fosters deeper connections between family and friends and his motto is “A family that cooks together, stays together.” As a long time supporter of OPAL, an initiative founded in Australia that teaches families in under served areas how to cook healthy foods, Roberts advocacy for healthy living continues to make a difference. Jason continues to travel the world as a frequent guest speaker at the top food shows and culinary events. Roberts endorsement of the Orgreenic cookware helped the popular brand become the best selling cookware in the world. In 2013, Roberts became the International Spokesperson for BODYKEY by NUTRILITE, a healthy living lifestyle program byAmway.

Jason is an avid surfer, cyclist and skateboarder, who is living a healthy gluten-free lifestyle. Jason’s gluten-free story, “I adopted a gluten free lifestyle after Hurricane Sandy, here on the east coast of America. It was part of a personal decision I made to lose weight and regain my health. For me personally, eating gluten caused bloating, puffiness, inflammation in my large intestine, I generally just felt sluggish, tired and off balance. While not a true Celiac, I do feel the negative effects when I eat gluten and noticed the difference immediately when I cut it out of my diet. It was then I started to dig deeper and realized what a phenomenon the gluten free fad had become. For the record, however, I am not a believer in gluten free if you’re simply looking to it to lose weight. I am, however, a believer in gluten free because for me personally, it is healthier for me. I feel amazing. I think I look the best I have in a long time, my eye’s are clear and I’m not puffy all the time. For the true Celiac, being gluten free is not a fad, or trying out the latest ‘diet’ craze (I really dislike that word diet), but a very means of survival.”

arrow

Karia Johannes

Soccer

close

Bio:

Karia is 11 years old, was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in Sept, 2013. Karia is from Michigan, and has an extreme love and passion for soccer. She plays for the Michigan Hawks East travel soccer team. For the past year she has played through stomach pains during games, not knowing why she was getting the pains. It didn’t stop her from playing well and at a high level, but we are thankful that we have now identified Celiac Disease as the reason for her pain. Karia has been Gluten Free since late September, and her performance seems to be getting even better. She is able to play the entire 60 minutes of most games as her team’s center midfielder! Karia would love to play for the US Women’s National Team one day, and to help bring awareness about Celiac disease to younger kids. She wants to be an example that just because you are Celiac, it should not stop your dreams!

arrow

Peyton Johannes

Football

close

Bio:

Peyton is 8 years old and tested positive for Celiac disease in November, 2013. Peyton, from Michigan and named after Peyton Manning, has a love and knowledge of football that is well beyond his years. Peyton had experienced occasional headaches, and his growth in height seemed to be slower than many of the other players on his team. Peyton has not experienced the same stomach issues as his older sister, but tested positive after the entire family was tested due to Karia’s diagnosis. Peyton also doesn’t let his diagnosis slow him down, as he was his team’s quarterback and led them on to win the 2013 City Championship with an 10-0 record! Peyton was also awarded the championship game ball for his performance.

arrow

Richard Gottfried

Miniature Golf

close

Bio:

Richard hails from Luton, England and is gluten free due to coeliac disease. He was diagnosed in May 2008.

He blogs about his adventures on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour – where he and his wife record their travels to as many crazy, mini and adventure golf courses as possible in the UK and overseas (543 and counting). He also blogs about great gluten free places he finds, as well as other odd and obscure sports.

In 2007 Richard joined the British Minigolf Association Tour and has competed in dozens of miniature golf tournaments, winning six times on the national tour.

He has represented Great Britain in international competitions and has played for the GB team in England, Finland and Sweden.

Other overseas trips have seen him play minigolf in Vienna, Austria, and in the USA in Denver, CO and Las Vegas, NV, where he won The Putt Park Annual Mini-Golf Tournament in 2011.

He contributes to the Travel Gluten Free and Gluugle websites, as well as being a member of the Beds & Mid Herts Coeliac UK voluntary group.

As a big fan of the Great British seaside Richard is always on the lookout for places that sell gluten free versions of that traditional seaside treat – fish & chips!