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Yvette Williams

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Yvette Winifred Corlett


25 Apr 1929 – 13 Apr 2019


Yvette Williams
The sports writer Peter Heidenstrom rated Yvette Williams as his 'New Zealand Athlete of the Century'. There is no doubt that she was one of our greatest-ever athletes - and probably the most versatile. 

Events In History

20 February 1954

Eighteen months after winning the long jump at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, Williams set a new world record of 20 feet 7½ inches (6.29 m) at an athletics meeting in Gisborne.

23 July 1952

Yvette Williams (later Corlett) won the long jump to become New Zealand’s first female Olympic medallist.

Yvette Williams performs a long jump in front of the Queen during the Invercargill Agricultural show on 29 January 1954.