||25 April 1929
Dunedin, New Zealand
Yvette Winifred Williams, CNZM, MBE (later Yvette Corlett, born 25 April 1929 in Dunedin), is a retired athlete from New Zealand, the first woman from her country to win an Olympic gold medal. She won her Olympic gold medal in the Long Jump event in 1952 held at Helsinki.
In 1954, Williams broke the women's long jump world record at Gisborne, New Zealand, with a leap of 6.28 metres.
In the 1953 New Year Honours, Williams was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services in women's athletics. She was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to athletics in the 2011 New Year Honours.
Williams was inducted into the New Zealand Hall of Fame in 1990. In 2000 she was voted Otago Sportsperson of the Century.
The "Yvette Williams Retirement Village" in the Dunedin suburb of Roslyn is named in her honour.
- Butcher, Margot (2010). Golden Girls: Celebrating New Zealand’s six female Olympic gold medallists. Auckland: HarperSports/HarperCollins. pp. 16–37. ISBN 978-1-86950-892-0.