Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
Beyond Sport celebrates and supports individuals and groups, from the grassroots to the global, with the goal to drive positive change through sport. At this year's Beyond Sport Summit and Awards, luminaries from all walks of life attended including Prime Minister Tony Blair, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, HRH Prince Faisal Al Hussein of Jordan, and stars Ian Thorpe, Lucas Radebe and Michael Johnson.
Lewis Pugh's Polar Defence Project won the award for the Best Use of Sport to Protect the Environment Award.
The Polar Defence Project is the story behind Lewis' unprecedented swim in the North Pole, across an open patch of sea, Lewis' 20-minute 1 km swim in -1.7°C water highlighted the dramatic melting of the Arctic sea ice where, over the preceding two years, 23% of Arctic sea ice had melted away.
Because the winners of the Awards receive substantial funding and long-term support, Pugh will be able to continue his mission.
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