About Lewis Pugh - Endurance swimmer and UN Patron of the Oceans
Lewis Pugh is the only person to have completed a long-distance swim in every ocean of the world.
Over a period of 30 years he has pioneered swims in the most challenging environments on earth including the Antarctic, the North Pole and the Himalayas and developed an understanding of the beauty and fragility of life and its many ecosystems.
In 2007 he undertook the first long-distance swim across the North Pole, equipped just in a Speedo swimming costume, to highlight the melting of the Arctic sea ice. He followed this up with a swim across a glacial lake on Mt Everest to draw attention to the melting glaciers in the Himalayas and the impact the reduced water supply will have on the region.
In 2013 the United Nations appointed him as the first UN Patron of the Oceans. Last year he played a pivotal role in creating the largest protected area in the world in the Ross Sea off Antarctica. The media coined the term “Speedo Diplomacy” to describe his efforts swimming in the icy waters of Antarctica and shutting between the USA and Russia to help negotiate the final agreement.
Lewis is also one of the world’s leading business speakers and the author of the bestseller “Achieving the Impossible”. He gives approximately 100 speeches a year to companies such as Barclays, Ernst & Young, BMW, Unilever and Microsoft. He speaks on leadership, teamwork, change, and achieving the “impossible”. TED describes him as a “master story-teller” and his speech at the 2008 Business Innovation Forum in Rhode Island was voted as one of the “7 Most Inspiring Speeches on the Web”.
In 2010 Lewis was appointed a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. And most recently he was chosen as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year.
What Lewis Pugh Talks About:
Walking the Walk
Lewis’s ability to make his story matter has made him one of the world’s leading inspirational speakers.
As an ocean advocate and a pioneer swimmer, Lewis puts his hard-learned lessons into the context of a corporate environment. He shares the visualization that enabled him to undertake the first swim across the sub-zero waters of the North Pole. And he shares the “radical tactical shift” that he used to complete the first swim across a glacial lake on Mt Everest.
Most importantly, he inspires people to reach for their dreams and achieve their own impossible.
Achieving the Impossible
Lewis is often described as the “Sir Edmund Hillary of swimming”. He is the only person to have completed a long distance swim in every ocean of the world. To date he has pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other swimmer in history. Each of these feats was done to raise awareness about the vulnerability of our oceans and their importance to humanity.
And he’s not finished yet.
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Thank you for coming to speak to us. You have a very special gift. Not many people can speak to a group of world leaders like you did – with so much authority and passion. I could have heard a pin drop.
Ted Turner, Founder of CNN
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