Lewis Pugh arrives at Dover after swimming the length of the English Channel. Photo: Getty Images
  • The world's most prominent endurance swimmer, Lewis Pugh, is looking for a training partner in Cape Town - a “young gun” who is willing to “swim and run hard”. 
  • It won't be easy keeping up: Pugh is the only person in the world who has done a long-distance swim in every ocean of the world, including the most southerly long distance swim (in the Antarctic) and the farthest-north swim.
  • Pugh is currently preparing for record-setting swims off the coasts of several Commonwealth countries, including South Africa and India over the next three years
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Swimming legend Lewis Pugh is looking for a training partner in Cape Town.

In a tweet on Monday morning, Pugh said that he requires a “young gun” who is willing to “swim and run hard”. It is a paid position.

Pugh is probably the most well-known endurance swimmer in the world, having completed a number of record breaking swims.

Swimming only in a Speedo costume, cap and goggles, he was the first person to complete:

  • a long-distance swim in every ocean of the world.
  • the most southerly long distance swim (78.5º South) in the Antarctic
  • the furthest-north long-distance (80° North)
  • the first swim across the North Pole
  • the first full-length swim of the English Channel to call for 30% of the world's oceans to be protected by 2030.
  • the first swim around Cape Agulhas, the Cape of Good Hope, and the Cape Peninsula (a 100 km swim from Cape Town to Muizenberg).
  • the first swim across an African Great Lake, namely Lake Malawi.
  • the first swim down the entire length of Sognefjord in Norway (204 km)

Born in the UK, but educated at St Andrew’s College, Camps Bay High School and the University of Cape Town in South Africa, Pugh swam to Robben Island when he was just 17 years old.

He uses his record-breaking endurance swims to highlight the plight of the ocean, particularly the dangers of pollution and overfishing.

“I began swimming in vulnerable ecosystems to draw attention to the impact of our actions on our oceans. I saw enormous chunks of ice slide off Arctic glaciers. I swam over bleached coral killed by rising sea temperatures, and over the bones of whales hunted to the edge of extinction. I visited lakes high in the Himalayas where once there was only ice. I saw plastic pollution in the most remote parts of the oceans, and garbage piling up so thick on city beaches that you can no longer see the sand,” he writes on his website.

He was named a United Nations Patron of the Oceans for his “Speedo diplomacy”. 

Pugh told  The Times in the UK that he is currently preparing for record-setting swims off the coasts of several Commonwealth countries, including South Africa and India over the next three years. He hopes to highlight the plight of the humpback whale and the great white shark.

His South African training partner will presumably help him to prepare for these swims.

Compiled by Helena Wasserman

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