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Sir Durward, now the world's oldest Olympian, pens book, "Never Give Up"
By Azaleta Ishmael-Newry
Jun 30, 2017 - 11:47:34 PM

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CEO and Publisher of Scholar Books, Albert Cox is shown with the oldest living Olympic champion, Sir Durward Knowles and his 1964 gold Olympic medal that he won with the late Cecile Cook in star class sailing in Tokyo. Sir Durward is set to release a self-help book, “Never Give Up” in October 2017 just before his 100th birthday. The book focuses on Sir Durward’s recent health battles, recovery and the lessons he continues to learn and apply to his life. The damage to his left eye, face and legs and having to learn to walk again is the focus of this inspirational book that will be published by Scholar Books. Photo by Azaleta Ishmael-Newry

Nassau, Bahamas - Sir Durward Knowles who is now the oldest living Olympic champion in the world and a renowned Bahamian sailor, is penning another book to be released in October 2017, a month before his centurion birthday.

Sir Durward has chosen Scholar Books to publish “Never Give Up,” an inspirational book that covers his recovery from serious health complications that had caused him to rearrange his entire life.

In 2010, Sir Durward endured many health struggles undergoing several surgeries, months of recovery and having to learn to walk again. In 2015, he had a relapse and fought hard to get healthy again.

This two-time author has lived to tell his tale and his new upcoming self-help book is filled with his clever wit and advice that can be applied to many facets of one’s life. In an interview on June 23, 2017, Sir Durward shared his thoughts.

“I kept saying never give up - you’re going to win this fight. You see, from the time I went to California to sail competitively to going to the Olympics, I had that fighting spirit in me. I have had many battles to face in life but this was the toughest one.”

Albert Cox, CEO of Scholar Books and publisher for “Never Give Up” said, “Despite all the battles and fighting through the process to get better, Sir Durward wants people to know that you have to keep going, regardless ofcircumstances.”

Sir Durward ‘Sea Wolf’ Knowles has had a legendary career in sailing in the star class category. He was born in The Bahamas in 1917 and was a participant in three Olympic games and many world championships where he won gold, silver and bronze medals. At the age of 31, he competed in the 1948 UK Olympics, finishing in fourthplace in the star class sailing category with mate, Sloane ElmoFarrington; In 1956 in Melbourne, Australia, they won a bronze Olympic medal. Later in 1964, in Tokyo, Sir Durward won gold along with Cecile Cooke in the star class sailing category.

Sir Durward explained that it was important for him to write “Never Give Up” to encourage Bahamians and people around the world that they will always have an opportunity to come out ahead, ifthey never give up.

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