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The Dame Yvette Williams Story
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The first New Zealand woman to win an Olympic gold medal, a feat not repeated for forty years.

The remarkable true story of a trailblazing young woman who defied the odds to become an Olympic gold medallist in long jump at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki.

The text, written by Olympian gymnast and journalist Angela Walker expertly draws the reader into 1950s New Zealand and into the life of a humble and shy young woman who trained hard and was eventually rewarded with Olympic glory.

Drawing on the late Dame Yvette Williams’ never-before-seen diaries, as well as interviews recorded before her death, this is a long overdue celebration of an extraordinary achievement and a chronicle of a young woman’s uncom­mon quest.

About the Author:
Author of From Battle of Britain Airman to POW Escapee: The Story of Ian Walker RAF.
Represented NZ in rhythmic gymnastics at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea. No other New Zealander has represented NZ in the sport at an Olympics since. In 1990 she won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Auckland.

Author Biography:

Angela Walker specialises in writing creative non-fiction. Her first book, a true Second World War story, was published in 2017. Her writing has appeared in Newsroom, Stuff, and The Spinoff. An Olympic gymnast and Commonwealth Games gold medallist herself, Angela says writing the Dame Yvette Williams story has been the greatest privilege of her career.
Release date NZ
April 11th, 2022
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