The Blog : Inspiration

The Three Most Important Questions

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The first step to achieving a goal is committing to it. Here are the three ways I identify a worthy challenge. This week a local conservation agency asked me to take on an issue ...

28 Jul 2016
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Lewis Pugh sets sights on Russia

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Renowned British endurance swimmer and UN Patron of the Oceans, Lewis Pugh has today completed the final swim of his five swim challenge to champion the need for the conservation of the Ross Sea ...

6 Mar 2015
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Pugh beats his own record for southern most swim

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Renowned British endurance swimmer and UN Patron of the Oceans, Lewis Pugh has today completed the most southerly swim in human history – just 10 days after setting the record for the first time. ...

3 Mar 2015
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Pugh completes the world’s most southerly swim at Cape Adare

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Renowned endurance swimmer and UN Patron of the Oceans, Lewis Pugh has today completed the most southerly swim in human history – swimming 500m off the coast of Cape Adare in the Antarctic Ocean. ...

19 Feb 2015
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Lewis Pugh becomes the first person to swim the 7 Seas

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Renowned endurance swimmer and United Nation’s Environment Programme (UNEP)’s Patron of the Oceans, Lewis Pugh has become the first person to swim the Seven Seas. Lewis completed his final swim from Southend-on-Sea up to the Thames ...

29 Aug 2014
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Sometimes losing is the best thing that can happen

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They say that quitters never win and winners never quit. That might be true, but sometimes losing is the best thing that can happen to a competitor. Just ask Andy Murray. Last year at ...

17 Jul 2013
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If you don’t have hope, you can’t have dreams

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I was recently asked to write a feature for Country Life on my favourite spot in Africa, and the reason why. I chose the Cape of Good Hope. This is what I wrote: There ...

10 Jun 2013
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Are you in the right place to achieve your dream?

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South African Olympian Ryk Neethling likes to say it takes about 15 years to become an overnight success. That’s so true. We saw real excellence at the London Olympics. But in the world of ...

13 Sep 2012
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My Swim at the North Pole

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Mum was right – this was not a normal thing to do. And standing on the edge of the ice, I realised I had never been more frightened. Not just because minus 1.7°C was ...

12 Sep 2012
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Are the world’s leaders listening?

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I had resolved never to do another cold-water swim, but the Himalayas changed my mind. Glaciers are not just ice: they are a water lifeline for over 2 billion people, and if they melt ...

12 Sep 2012
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