Joe Smith

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Joe Smith (born 1933) of Deal, Kent is a British marathon swimmer who was inducted as an Honour Swimmer in 2005 into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. The former lifeguard and swimming pool manager, originally from Rochdale, won most of the British Long Distance Swimming Association races during the late 1950’s and early 1960. After two failed English Channel attempts in 1961 and 1962, Smith became the oldest Briton to conquer the English Channel in 1999 at the age of 65. 37 years after his first attempt, he joined the Half Century Club with his successful crossing from Shakespeare Cliffs in England to Sangatte, west of Calais in France in 14 hours 9 minutes, escorted by Duncan Taylor. He also served as a director of the Channel Swimming Association. He was British Long Distance Swimming Association’s Veteran Swimmer of the Year and was awarded an ARP British Gold Hero's Medal.

He still swims daily and carried the Olympic Torch through Deal, Kent in the run-up to the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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