Tribute to Bahamas Olympic Gold Winners, Sir Durward and Cecil Cooke

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – It was 50 years ago…in Tokyo…when Sir Durward “Seawolf” Knowles and the late Cecil Cooke won Olympic Gold — representing a first for The Bahamas. They won the Star Class Sailing in those Summer Olympics. The Bahamas Olympic Committee along with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture paid tribute to the accomplishment of Sir Durward and Cecil Cooke at a banquet at Atlantis on Thursday, October 23, and to their sparking a tradition of excellent performance of The Bahamas at the Olympic Games.

Sir Durward is pictured, seated, giving a handshake to the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie. He is surrounded by the Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, left, and Mrs. Knowles at right. Next to Mrs. Knowles at far right is Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson.