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Bahamas' first ever Olympic gold medallists honoured at special 50th anniversary event

By Paul Osborne

A luncheon has been held in the Bahamas to celebrate 50 years since sailors Sir Durward Knowles and Cecil Cooke claimed the nation's first ever Olympic gold medal.

The Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) and Bahamas Government relived the memory of the momentous occasion with a Golden Anniversary luncheon in a packed Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island.

Knowles and Cooke's golden performance at Tokyo 1964 is one of the most memorable pieces of sporting history in the Bahamas with a star studded guest list on hand to mark the occasion.

Among the guests were governor general Dame Marguerite Pindling, Prime Minister Perry Christie, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr Daniel Johnson, Dr Bernard Nottage, Minister of National Security, Richard Peterkin of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Dr Hubert Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement and a host of local dignitaries, including Lori Lowe, Danny Strachan, Betty Cole, Mike Sands, Percy Knowles, Obie Pindling and J Barrie Farrington.

Also in attendance were Steve Stoute, newly re-elected chairman of the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) from Barbados, Wayne Russell, treasurer of the Canadian Olympic Committee, and Sir Arlington Butler, the longest serving member of the BOC, who next month will celebrate his 50th anniversary in the Olympic Movement.

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