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Audrey Williams Inducted into The BC Sports Hall of Fame

Mon, 12 Sep 2011
Audrey Williams Inducted into The BC Sports Hall of Fame

Audrey Williams, international figure skating judge, inducted into The BC Sports Hall of Fame.

Involved for over fifty years in the sport of figure skating in a multitude of capacities—all volunteer it should be noted—Vancouver’s Audrey Williams stands as one of the all-time great skating officials from BC. Beginning her career as a pairs competitor, she judged her first test at age fifteen. Appointed a national judge in 1959, she judged the first of over thirty Canadian championships in her career in 1961. By 1967, Williams was appointed an International Judge by the ISU and went on to judge numerous international competitions including the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, six World Championships, and four World Junior Championships. Williams remains the only female native British Columbian to serve as an Olympic judge in figure skating. In 1984, she was appointed as an ISU Referee, leading to countless referee assignments at international competitions. Earlier, she served as team leader for female skaters at the 1972 Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo, fostering the environment that allowed North Vancouver’s Karen Magnussen the opportunity to capture Canada’s only medal—a silver—of the Games. She served on countless provincial and national committees ranging from skater development to official development to judging. Boundless energy, smiling and styling in equal quantities, Williams has mentored dozens of individuals over the years who rose to prominent roles at the sport’s provincial, national, and international levels.

Audrey was formally inducted to the BC Sports Hall of Fame at the 43rd Annual Banquet of Champions at the Vancouver Convention Centre on September 13, 2011.