15 Apr 2019

Yvette Williams 'never looked for acccolades'

From Morning Report, 8:29 am on 15 April 2019

Yvette Williams was one of New Zealand's greatest athletes ... and yet she wasn't a household name. Ms Williams, who died yesterday aged 89, was the first New Zealand woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the long jump at the 1952 Helsinki Games. The Dunedin-born athlete also competed in discus and shot put, and across her disciplines won a staggering four gold medals and one silver at Commonwealth Games. Dame Lois Muir, former New Zealand netball representative and national coach, knew Yvette Williams well. She talks to Guyon Espiner.