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An Exclus1ve Interview with Lewis Gordon Pugh

Lewis Gordon Pugh

Achieving the ImpossibleEnvironmentalist, lawyer, SAS soldier, swimmer and now author; Lewis Gordon Pugh doesn’t just think outside the box, he lives outside the box. Julie Wood caught up with the man dubbed “The Human Polar Bear” sometime between icy swims:

JW: Could you tell me a little bit about yourself, please? About your background, and so on?

LP: It was interesting last night because when they were introducing me, they said: “A lawyer, a swimmer, an environmentalist, an SAS soldier, a polar bear”… it’s quite difficult to box me. I grew up in England for the first ten years and then moved out to South Africa, and qualified as a lawyer in this country, and then went back to Britain. I worked in a big London law firm doing Maritime law and Environmental law. I got bored and then joined the British SAS. It was five very exciting years of my life, and then I’d always had this passion for swimming, so started swimming around the world, in some of the most exotic and distant and dangerous locations.

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