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Pictorial Parade No. 24

Short Film (Full Length) – 1954

Members of the NZ team for the 1954 Vancouver Empire Games are profiled in this edition of the Pictorial Parade series. Yvette Williams demonstrates the long jump technique — filmed in slow motion — that had made her an Olympic champ and world record holder (and would win her the gold medal at Vancouver), and there’s a brief shot of a young Murray Halberg. Other features are a piece about the canine star of Dick Campion and the NZ Players' production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and a multi-national approach to treating children with cerebral palsy in Rotorua.

Limbering up is Olympic and World Champion Yvette Williams. A jump of 20 foot, five and three-quarter inches at Helsinki gained an Olympic title, and recently, at a meeting in New Zealand, Yvette’s magnificent effort of 20 foot, seven and one-eighth inches realised her ambition of beating the world record.
– From the narration,