Durward Knowles ( born November 2, 1917 in Nassau, Bahamas ) is a former Bahamian sailors. He took part in a total of eight Olympic Games and is one of the athletes with the most Olympic appearances at all. Knowles launched for the Nassau Yacht Club.
His Olympic debut had Durward Knowles at the age of 30 years at the Olympic Summer Games 1948 in London. He competed for Great Britain, and reached the fourth place. Four years later, at the Olympic Summer Games in Helsinki in 1952, he started for the Bahamas and finished fifth. In 1956 during the Summer Olympics in Melbourne, he could reach the third place and won bronze thus his first Olympic medal. In Rome in 1960, Knowles sixth in the Summer Olympics. Four years later, Durward Knowles celebrated his biggest success. At the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 1964, he became Olympic champion. He could not repeat this success and was at the Olympic Summer Games 1968 in Mexico City fifth. At the 1972 Summer Olympics, he only reached 13th place after 16 years Duward Knowles once again took part in the Olympic Games. At the 1988 Games in Seoul, he took part last time and was 19 He was not only the oldest participant in these games, but also the oldest Olympic athlete of the modern era at all.
Knowles also worked as a sports official. He was Vice- President of the National Olympic Committee of the Bahamas.