Yvette Williams

Dame Yvette Corlett
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Williams in 1954
Personal information
Birth nameYvette Winifred Williams
Born(1929-04-25)25 April 1929
Dunedin, New Zealand
Died13 April 2019(2019-04-13) (aged 89)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1][2]
Charles Armistice Corlett
(m. 1954; died 2015)
RelativesRoy Williams (brother)
CountryNew Zealand
SportTrack and field
Coached byJim Bellwood
Achievements and titles
National finalsLong jump champion (1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954)
Shot put champion (1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954)
Discus champion (1951, 1952, 1953, 1954)
Javelin champion (1950)
80 m hurdles champion (1954)
Personal best(s)200 m – 25.0 (1951)
LJ – 6.28 m (1954)
SP – 13.96 m (1954)
DT – 47.85 m (1954)[1][3]

Dame Yvette Winifred Corlett DNZM MBE (née Williams, 25 April 1929 – 13 April 2019) was a New Zealand track-and-field athlete who was the first woman from her country to win an Olympic gold medal and to hold the world record in the women's long jump. Williams was named "Athlete of the Century" on the 100th anniversary of Athletics New Zealand, in 1987.[1]

Early life

Williams was born on 25 April 1929 in Dunedin.[4] She grew up there and attended Otago Girls' High School.[5] While at high school, Williams played several sports, making the top netball team and playing for Otago and the South Island.[4] Williams also represented Otago, the South Island and New Zealand (1950, 1953–55) in basketball.[5][6]

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