Daniel Carpio (Peru) on the left with Sam Rockett (centre)

Daniel Carpio(Peru) on the left with SamRockett (centre)

Folkestone International Open Air Pool. Folkestone, Kent.

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.

Sam Rockett swam in the 1950 Daily Mail race and was the fourth man to finish. He was Supervisor for the 1951 Daily Mail Race, an International race held in the “Festival of Britain year” and was also supervisor for the Billy Butlin races from 1953 to 1959, and the Sir Billy Butlin long distance walk from John O Groats to Lands End.

He played County Water Polo for a number of Counties. He was author of the book “its Cold in the Channel”

Black and White photograph. From the Sam Rockett Collection.

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