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One Year After the Long Swim

Renowned endurance swimmer and United Nation’s Environment Programme (UNEP)’s Patron of the Oceans, Lewis Pugh touches Dover harbour wall in Dover, United Kingdom to marke the end of The Long Swim campaign on 29 August 2018

There is an old saying in English Channel swimming that most crossings are won or lost before the first stroke is taken. So last year, before I attempted to swim the length of the English ...

17 Jul 2019
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What Connects Us

An Observance for Commonwealth Day 2019 at Westminster Abbey, London, in the presence of HM The Queen, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, The Duke of York. The service was led by The Dean of Westminster The Very Reverend Dr John Hall. The message at todays Service is 'A Connected Commonwealth'.

Receiving a letter asking if I would give the main address on the 70th Anniversary of the Commonwealth was a high honour. It was also one of the most daunting tasks I’ve faced. I’ve swum ...

24 Mar 2019
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Address to the Commonwealth


This address was given by Lewis Pugh on the 70th Anniversary of the Commonwealth in Westminster Abbey on 11 March 2019. ON THE EDGE OF THE ICE  I am standing at the North Pole, on the edge ...

10 Mar 2019
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UK calls for 30% Ocean Protection


BREAKING NEWS The UK Government has taken an historic stand for ocean conservation. At the UN General Assembly in New York, the UK Government will call on all nations to contribute towards a global ...

24 Sep 2018
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Goodwin Sands – A Matter of Respect

White Cliffs of Dover from Goodwins

Swimming for hours each day in the middle of the open ocean gives you a lot of time to think. During July and August this year, I swam the length of the English Channel, ...

20 Sep 2018
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22 Tips for a Successful Channel Swim


Want to swim the English Channel? Here are my tips for a successful crossing: 1. Find the best coach in town. Make sure he / she suits your personality and most importantly, believes in ...

22 Jun 2018
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The Ocean Awards 2018


Wonderful news! Yesterday the 2018 Ocean Awards were announced. I am honoured to have won “Campaign of the Year” for the successful establishment of the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area in Antarctica. Three keys ...

10 May 2018
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Protecting the South Sandwich Islands


Is there no place in the world that is sacrosanct? No wilderness we can leave alone? No place we can fully protect for nature’s sake? Last month I was invited to address UK MPs ...

8 May 2018
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Join Our Crew – Campaign Writer


Summer 2018 Campaign Writer Dates: 02 July – 31 Aug 2018 Competitive salary The Lewis Pugh Foundation is looking for a hardworking writer to manage media content on board a yacht during a high-profile ...

26 Apr 2018
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Slava Fetisov to become UN Patron for Polar Regions


I’ve just made a whistle-stop trip to Russia to celebrate the birthday of a very dear friend of mine. Slava Fetisov needs no introduction to Russians, or to anyone who follows international ice hockey. ...

22 Apr 2018
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