Sir Durward turns 100!
Today, arguably the greatest Bahamian sports icon of all-time turns 100! Sir Durward Knowles, the first Bahamian to win an Olympic medal and the first Bahamian to win Olympic gold, celebrates his 100th birthday today, officially becoming a centenarian. Sir Durward won Star Class bronze in sailing at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia, Star Class gold in sailing in the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, and has competed in eight Olympics for The Bahamas – the most among any Bahamian in history.
He ended his Olympic career in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea, at the age of 70. He was the flag bearer for Team Bahamas and finished 19th in the Star Class in sailing with partner Steven Kelly. Sir Durward is also a former world champion in the Star Class, a former Pan Am Games champion in the Star Class, and is the oldest living Olympic champion today. Over the weekend, the first ever Sir Durward Knowles 100 Regatta was held in his honor. Sir Durward spent quite a few hours out by the regatta site on Saturday, and was represented by his daughter Charlotte on Sunday.