Occasionally you may see a relay with three or four siblings all swimming together, but rarely will you ever see a relay made up of four generations from one family. The Knowles family will be swimming two relays at the Bahamas National Swimming Championships at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Swim Complex on June 25th – 28th. The Knowles Family has a rich history on the Olympic stage with many members still actively competing on the World stage in their respective Age Group through Masters Swimming.
The relay will be guided by Percy Knowles, 84, a four-time Olympic sailer from 1960-1972 and now a masters swimmer. Percy’s son, Andy Knowles, 60, is an Olympic swimmer from 1976 and now a coach and masters swimmer. Andy’s son, Dallas Knowles, 35, and Dallas’ son, Joss Knowles, 7, will also be competing with them to form the relay.
They are all current registered swimmers with the Bahamas Swimming Federation. They will swim the 200 Freestyle Relay as an official Time Trial event on Friday, June 26th at the Bahamas Nationals Swimming Championships, which is an official FINA sanctioned event. Their goal time is to clock under 3:00.00. On Saturday, June 27th, they will attempt the 200 Medley Relay with Joss swimming the backstroke, Dallas the breaststroke, Andy the butterfly, and Percy the freestyle.
After checking with the Guinness World Records, the Knowles family discovered no such event has been attempted, so an application has been put in for both relays to be recorded in the their books if successful.