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Webby Award Top 5 Best Sports Episode: Lewis Pugh Interview


Lewis Pugh is a Superhero, famous for swimming for 18 minutes at the North Pole in only a speedo.

This interview unearths the motivations & mindset of a deeply thoughtful, epic athlete & activist.

Lewis has 7 million views of his videos, a most popular TED Talk and is the UN Ocean Ambassador. 

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Lewis Pugh inspires and awakens us to consider our purpose & how to keep going against all odds.

You will be forever changed by this interview. Guaranteed. The episode is in 2 parts. Listen below.

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Lewis Pugh Interview, Part 1

Lewis Pugh Interview, Part 2

Show Notes for the Lewis Pugh Interview


How does Lewis Pugh dive in at such places as the North Pole and complete endurance swims in below-freezing water temperatures? He says he is motivated by his "driving purpose,” which is saving our oceans. His interview with Kelly Palace and Maria Parker is guaranteed to inspire you to get out of your comfort zone and find your own purpose. Tune in to part one of this two-part exclusive interview with Lewis Pugh.

Quote of the Interview Pt. 1:

“Courage is contagious and equally, fear is contagious. I try to surround myself with courageous people." 

- Lewis Pugh

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More About Lewis Pugh

Lewis Pugh is an endurance, ice water swimmer and the United Nations Patron of the Oceans. Pugh is the only person to have completed a long distance swim in every ocean of the world. Over 7 million people have viewed Lewis Pugh’s TED Talks and videos and countless others have followed his journeys on BBC, Good Morning America, CNN, Jon Stewart, National Geographic, Sky News and more. His autobiography Achieving the Impossible is a bestseller and was chosen for Oprah’s Exclusive Book List.

Episode Topics and Mentions

North Pole

South Pole

English Channel

The Long Swim

Mount Everest

Capetown, South Africa



Cold water swimming

Open water swimming

Indian Ocean

TED Talks

Anticipatory thermogenesis

Ross Sea, Antarctica 


Shuhari - Japanese martial art concept

British Special Service


United Kingdom


Slava Fetisov


Achieving the Impossible 

Driving through Tunnels

PART 2 Topics and Mentions
#Antarctica2020, Emperor penguins ,Adélie penguins, King penguins, Ross Sea, Slava Fetisov, Admiral Bellinghausen, Russia, Moscow, Russia, China, Japan, South Africa, United Kingdom, Michael Gove, British Secretary of State for Environment, Ascension Island, Net zero by 2050, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Anticipatory thermogenesis, Rap music, Mohammed Ali, Apartheid, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Molly Blackburn, Brian Button, Kayaking, Beijing Olympics, Budapest, Danube River, Plastic pollution, Elton John, Maldives, Indian Ocean, Shuhari - Japanese martial art concept,

PART 1 Takeaways from Kelly and Maria:

  • Drill down to find your purpose - keep going and don’t give up. Keep mining for gold. 
  • Stack your confidence, through encouragement from others and tap your experiences.
  • Dive in.

Quote of the Interview pt. 2
“In finding your purpose, it's like mining. When you hit that strata you know it. You know that you found what really is your purpose and then you just need to mine right the way along that line. Most people never dig deep enough or long enough.”.- Lewis Pugh

PART 2 Takeaways from Kelly and Maria:

Kelly - 1) When we have a driving purpose we can accomplish superhuman feats. 2) Martial arts concept of Shu Ha Ri, Obey the law, break the law, make the law. This is a great road map for achieving extraordinary things.

Maria - 1) Courage is a muscle and it can get flabby. We need to do things that build our courage muscle. 2) We all need a team. Surround yourself with a brave, courageous team. 

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Fully Written Transcript of Lewis Pugh Interview

To Webby Judges..A few notes from Kelly & Maria...


Champion's Mojo Podcast is Woman created, owned and professionally produced by Kabra Media.

Interviewing Lewis for this episode was the essence of why podcasting is our passion.

Please consider our superb content, sound design and interview preparation and execution.

Thank you for your time and consideration! We'd be so grateful to win this Award!

Kelly Palace & Maria Parker, Hosts, Champion's Mojo