Honour for hero Lewis, 16

March 28 2014

BISHOPSTON teen, Lewis Clarke, has been presented with a prestigious award for being the youngest person to ski to the South Pole.

BISHOPSTON teen, Lewis Clarke, has been presented with a prestigious award for being the youngest person to ski to the South Pole.
Bristol's Lord Mayor, councillor Faruk Choudhury, awarded Lewis with the Lord Mayor's Youth Medal during an assembly at his school, QEH, on March 24.
The 16-year-old, who is in the midst of studying for his GCSEs, broke the world record, following a 49-day trek in which he endured temperatures as low as -50C and winds up to 60mph.
His journey, completed on January 18, involved skiing on average eight hours each day.
Lewis told the Bishopston Voice: "The first couple of weeks were surreal, getting back from Antarctica, as it's obviously so different to here. But everyone has been really supportive, congratulating me.
"It was strange coming back to school, as I had my GCSE mocks three weeks after I got back, so it was important to almost leave the South Pole behind and get back into school life, because I'd missed quite a bit.
He added: "Receiving the medal was incredible, it was great to receive an award on behalf of Bristol from the Lord Mayor."
Councillor Choudhury said at the assembly: "It's an enormous pleasure to be awarding this prestigious award to someone who has broken a world record - Lewis is an inspiration to us all and he has made every citizen in Bristol proud.
"The medal represents the city’s official tribute for a truly amazing achievement by a young person. I cannot imagine the freezing conditions Lewis endured, but know it must have taken great determination and courage."
Stephen Holliday, QEH headmaster said: "It’s great to welcome such a national hero back to QEH School. His courage and endeavour remind me of some of the important values we hold at QEH. The successes of our boys in so many areas never fail to impress."

Lewis and Lord Mayor