Lewis Pugh

The only person to have completed a long-distance swim in every ocean, extreme adventurer and record-breaking swimmer Lewis Pugh talks about pushing yourself beyond 'the possible' into new realms of achievement.

Most recently during 2018's summer, Lewis swam the 530km length of the English Channel in just 49 days, starting at Land's End and finishing in Dover.

In 2016 he helped negotiate the creation of the biggest protected area in the world in the Ross Sea off Antarctica. The negotiations required consensus among 25 countries, a number of which had long standing disputes with one another. The media dubbed his efforts as "Speedo diplomacy" after Lewis took on the challenge of swimming 5 swims in freezing Antarctic waters, wearing just speedos and a swim hat.

As a motivational and keynote speaker, he puts businesses at every level worldwide through their paces with vital messages and strategies for surviving and thriving in a fragile economic climate.

To be the first human to  swim  across the Arctic waters (a mean minus 1.7°C!) requires a shift in mind-set when dealing with a dramatic drop in body temperature and the dangers of killer sea-animals: one must conjure up and maintain a constant focus and flexibility—crucial elements of business management.

Lewis has lived through the repercussions of change and their contributing factors and, a passionate voice for conservation, has been busy honing his front crawl technique in vulnerable ecosystems to raise awareness about their plight.

For example, in 2010, he completed a swim across a glacial lake on Mount Everest to draw attention to the melting glaciers in the Himalayas and the impact the reduced water supply will have on peace in the region. He has now pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other swimmer in history!

Teamwork is also vital to the success of his exploits. Lauded as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Lewis’ influence and endurance was enabled by those around him. His crack teams are always made of those completely committed to excellence and leaders in their field.

Through his adventures, he dreams of making a significant difference. In 2015, Lewis undertook five swims in Antarctica to campaign for a large Marine Protected Area in the Ross Sea - one of the most incredible and diverse areas left on earth – which is now threatened by overfishing and climate change. The media have dubbed his efforts as ‘Speedo diplomacy’.

One of Lewis’ keynote speeches on leadership was voted one of the ‘7 Most Inspiring Videos on the Web’, and TED have described him as a ‘master story-teller’. He has also appeared on various international TV news channels, and his autobiography ‘Achieving the Impossible’ was selected for Oprah’s Exclusive Book List.

Along with the Freedom of the City of London, Lewis has been bestowed with South Africa and France’s highest honours.

Lewis addresses audiences on; Business management and teamwork, surviving and thriving in challenging times, achieving the impossible, change and its repercussions and the plight of vulnerable ecosystems. Lewis has been invited to speak at both the Conservative and Labour Party 2018 conferences, and co-hosting the Panda Awards, otherwise known as the Oscars of the wildlife and environmental film and TV awards.

Usain Bolt

Jamaican sprinter Usain St Leo Bolt (1986) is one of the most charismatic and laureate sportsmen in history. “Lightning Bolt”, “the fastest man in the world”, an eight-time Olympic gold medalist and eleven-time World Champion, ranks fifth in the ranking of best medalists of all times. He has smashed 19 Guinness records and even nowadays holds the best mark in 100m (9.58 seconds) and 200 m (19.19 seconds).

The sprinter began to reap success at a very young age. Although he preferred cricket and football when he was a boy, at 12, coached by former Olympic Pablo McNeil, became the fastest runner at his school. When he was 15, became the youngest sportsmen with a gold in a world tournament. Professional since the age of 18, he dropped from 20 seconds in the 200m, with less than 20 years old: a new record.

Although an injury prevented him from participating in the Olympic Games in Athens (2004), his excellent results in Beijing 2008 -with three gold medals in the 100, 200 and 4x100 (the last one voided by a case of doping in his team) and three world records… the first to achieve such a feat- immediately placed him on the stardom of sports. When Bolt repeated the same triad of gold medals in the following Olympic Games, in London, his name entered the History of athletics. In Rio 2016, almost 30 years old, he again won the three golds and became a legend. No one has exceeded his speed of 44,7km/h. He retired in 2017, after an injury in the World Championships.

As a speaker, Usain Bolt proposes a motivational speech, based on his own biography, both in sports and in business. He highlights the relevance of effort and gives guidelines for an effective training. Bolt has addressed diverse audiences around the world and has collected his ideas and experiences in the autobiography “Faster than Lighting”.

As a businessman and brand ambassador, Bolt has his own clothing line in conjunction with Puma, his own watch made by Hublot and he is the owner of several businesses (valued 35 Million dollars according to Forbes): his own restaurant franchise in Kingston, Jamaica (Tracks and Records), a shaving company (Champion Shave) and an insoles company, Enertor.

Besides, the athlete set up the Usain Bolt Foundation, donating more than a million dollars to several humanitarian projects.

Numerous awards recognize his brilliant career: awarded the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year on four occasions; the IAAF Male Athlete of the Year six times; Jamaican Sportman of the Year, five times; 3 times as Best Sportman according to BBC and 4 times according to L’Equipe. At 23, he was the youngest member of the Order of Jamaica.
A football enthusiast, there was speculation about the possibility that he would pursue his career at Manchester United, after his withdrawal from the tracks. There are rumors that the secret of Cristiano Ronaldo´s speed has to do with Bolt´s advices. 4,9 Million people follow Bolt in Twitter.