There is still at 94 both an irrepressible humour and twinkle in the eyes of Sir Durward Knowles. They are permanent features of his exuberant spirit and dedication to squeezing out of life every measure of joy.
The title of Sir Durward’s biography is Driven by the Stars. He has been driven by a constellation of lodestars and virtues, among them extraordinary generosity, sportsmanship and a passion for national unity. In turn, he has become a guiding star for others.
Quite a bit has been written about Sir Durward’s contribution to sports and his exemplary philanthropy particularly in the areas of physical and mental disability. Athletic prowess and disability may seem incongruent, but not to Sir Durward.
In both areas the champion athlete and champion of the disabled has sought to empower others, no matter their physical or mental capacity or disability, to be driven by their own stars, overcoming limits to achieve more than one ever dared imagine.