Story: Sport and the nation

Yvette Williams at Helsinki, 1952

Yvette Williams at Helsinki, 1952

Yvette Williams is carried on the shoulders of enthusiastic New Zealanders after she won the gold medal for the long jump at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games. Williams, who also won gold medals at the Auckland and Vancouver British Empire Games, was the undoubted star of New Zealand athletics in the early 1950s and the first woman to become a national sporting icon.

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Otago Daily Times
Reference: 15 November 2011, p. 98

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Jock Phillips, 'Sport and the nation - Strong men and women, 1945 to 1970', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 March 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013