Bede's
Lewis Pugh Delivers Inspirational Virtual Talk
Peter Goodyer, Senior School Headmaster and CEO

On Thursday 12 November, Bede’s pupils, families, staff and other members of the school community joined together for an online discussion with endurance swimmer and UN Patron of the Oceans, Lewis Pugh.

Lewis' talk, chaired by Bede’s Senior School Headmaster and CEO Peter Goodyer, covered Lewis’s expansive career, his passion for protecting the world’s oceans and inspirational insights learned from his incredible life journey to date. The talk was followed by a Q&A, during which Lewis answered a variety of pre-submitted and live questions from the audience.

Lewis joined us via Zoom from his home in Cape Town, South Africa, where he took us around the world with a series of photographs which he used to talk through some of the key highlights of his career. Lewis captured his online audience with vivid stories of his mammoth swims across the planet, from the North Pole and Antarctica to Mount Everest and the length of English Channel, all with the aim of raising public and political awareness of the need to protect our oceans and the environment.

Lewis talking through his swim in East Antarctica during his Bede's Pyemont Lecture


Lewis has been instrumental in protecting over 2 million km2 of vulnerable ocean, an area larger than Western Europe. His goal is to protect 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030.

Mr Goodyer comments, “It was an absolute pleasure to welcome Lewis for the first talk in our Bede’s Pyemont Lecture series of this academic year. A huge thank you must go to Lewis for what was an incredibly inspirational, entertaining and motivating talk, that took us to all parts of the world and gave us a fantastic insight into his journey. Our pupils and school community feel very inspired to not only achieve their potential but also to protect and care for one another and the world around us.”

The next Bede’s Pyemont Lecture will be in discussion with mountaineering record breaker and author of The Girl Who Climbed Everest, Bonita Norris, on Thursday 28 January 2021. This will again be held online.

Learn more about the Bede's Pyemont Lecture series