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Sir Durward featured in local magazine

Published: May 01, 2013

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Legendary sportsman and The Bahamas’ first ever Olympic medalist, Sir Durward Knowles, was recently featured by The Sports Magazine.

Sir Durward, who is now 95 years old, was the featured cover story of the magazine for the April issue. It was a new honor for this outstanding Bahamian, who has achieved quite a bit of accolades and tributes over the many years. To be on the cover of the full color magazine, is a highlight that Sir Durward Knowles cherishes.

"I'm grateful to Mr. Olander for featuring me on the cover of the magazine," said Sir Durward. "I know that there are plenty other Bahamians that are deserving of this honor but I'm happy that he chose me."

In a brief ceremony at Sir Durward's office, members of the magazine presented the sporting legend with a framed copy. The presentation was made by Ty Olander, who is the publisher of the magazine. He was accompanied by Calvin Green, operations manager, Willie ‘Mays’ Francis, sales associate and Charles Butler, circulation and distribution manager.

Wellington Miller, the returning president of the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC), was also present at the ceremony and encouraged the magazine’s management to continue to make a major difference through sports in The Bahamas.

"This magazine has plenty of potential and you guys are going in the right direction," said Miller. "Continue to bring forth the information that the other media might consider old or outdated, but people behind these stories are grateful for the recognition, especially since many of them are past their prime.”

Members of Sir Durward's staff were presented with copies of the magazine and it seemed as if no work was getting done, as everyone was busy reading it. The magazine is a not a new publication, as it first circulated more than 18 years ago, and just returned to publishing monthly three months now. The original publication was the brainchild of Ty Olander, who moved to the United States, and now is partnering with his son TJ Olander to bring the monthly magazine back.

"There is so much to do, but we know for sure that now is the time for everyone to come together and let's support sports,” said Olander. "Crime is up and one of the reasons is that there is not enough activities for the young people. A lack of publicity has caused that and now hopefully with our publication we can promote all of those sports that have fallen through the cracks in turns of publicity.”

The magazine is available monthly and will go on sale for the month of May. Anyone wishing to view the magazine or find out more information simply need to go to their website, www.sportsmagazinebahamas.com.

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