Celebration Dinner for Carpio, with Ted Temme

Celebration Dinner for the France – England swim of Daniel Carpio, of Buenos Aires-Argentina, (now Peru), which took place in 1947. 

Daniel Carpio is standing in front of the window at the the back of the reception fifth, from the left. On his right is Ted Temme, holder of the Dover Town Gold Cup, recognised for his swims from France to England, and England to France. Next to Ted Temme is Pop Burwell well known Channel Pilot

In 1905 Horace Mew was the first swimmer to attempt a channel swim with Burwell, and the last swimmer recorded was Florence Chadwick’s record swim in  1955. Pop Burwell was a profilic fisherman from Dover area who also acted as pilot on support and escort boat for Channel Swimmers.

Daniel Carpio was trained by Ted Temme, who at that time was the only person to have swam the Channel in both directions, and was presented by Dover Council with a Gold Cup. This cup was offered by the Council to the fastest swimmer to swim the channel from England to France in 1934, Male or Female, Amateur or Professional. At that time the swims were mainly from France to England. The reason for the Gold Cup was to promote the town of Dover. Ted Temme was the only person to swim the Channel from England to France in 1934. He also accompanied Carpio on his swim,in 1947. This swim has not been recognised by the Channel Swimming Association.

Peruvian swimming legend Daniel Carpio Maciotti was born on 11 March 1910 and died at the age of 99 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Popularly known as “Carpayo”, he was Natonal Champion in, 100, 200 and 400 metres backstroke. He won the International Games in 1925 and participated in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, 1936 Berlin Olympics, and 1948 London Olympics.

Daniel was the first South American to cross the English Channel in 1947 and also crossed the River Plate in 1945, 1977, and 1982 (when he was 72 years old). The National Swimming Pool in Lima, Peru is named after “Carpayo,” who was the first person to cross the Straight of Gibralter in 1948, he also swam the Straight 1977 and 1988 (when he was 78 years old). In 1947, he was awarded the Order of the Sun as a Great Master by the Peruvian President Jose Luis Bustamante y Reviro and the Recognition Award by the Peruvian Institute of Sports (IPD).

Daniel Carpio swam in the Daily Mail Festival of Britain race in 1951. He was 11th overall and the 9th male swimmer. His swim was not recognised by the Channel Swimming Association.

A Black and White Photograph.From the Rob Whitewood Collection.

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