Roy Williams

BORN

9 September 1934

DISCIPLINE

Decathlete

CLUB

Western Suburbs

Few people have enriched the New Zealand athletics community quite like Roy Williams. 

The younger brother of 1952 Olympic long jump champion Yvette, Roy was also a top international class athlete memorably winning decathlon gold at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

He also set Commonwealth and New Zealand decathlon records and won 14 national titles – 11 in the decathlon, one each in the long jump, discus and 120yd hurdles – during a lengthy and storied career.

Born in Dunedin, Roy largely focused on rugby and cricket as a Dunedin Technical High School student, although he did show athletics potential at an early age winning back-to-back 75yd hurdles titles at the Otago intermediate schools’ championships.

“I did very little competing, however, during my high school years, mainly because we had just one day of athletics a year, our school’s ánnual championships,” he explains. “The facilities would be best described as pathetic. In ...

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