William is a young sprinter who moved from Hawkes Bay to the strong North Shore club under former Olympian Scott Talbot to further his career. He recorded his PB 50.26s for 100m freestyle in his last chance at the Oceania Championships which gained the FINA B qualifying time and ensured the men’s 4x100m relay nomination could go forward for selection.
In 2008 Carl Williams will add an appearance at the Olympic Games to his already illustrious sailing career. Williams is the son of Penny Whiting, one of the most recognisable faces on the Auckland yachting scene, and was on the water in the family keelboat before he could crawl.
Clarissa was the youngest player named in the Black Sticks side which met the USA in May this year, aged 18. She was given an opportunity to further develop her international experience in July this year when she received a late call up to the Champions Challenge team after injury prevented Di Weavers from travelling to the United States.
Jane was elevated from the 2004 National Development Squad to the 2005 National Squad, named in October. She made her New Zealand debut against the USA in May 2005, showing good pace in the midfield. Her performance against the USA earned her a position in the team for the July Champions Challenge Tournament.
Chinese-born New Zealander Yang Wang may be returning to his birthplace when he competes as part of the New Zealand Olympic Team at Beijing 2008, but there's no doubt he'll be there as a Kiwi. Yang first competed for New Zealand in 2006 at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne where he placed fifth.
A free scoring start to the 2006-07 New Zealand Football Championship with Team Wellington saw Daniel break into the full All Whites squad for a crucial World Cup qualifier against Vanuatu. Injury on international duty may have prevented him adding to his tally, but a strong finish to the NZFC and composed performances for the Oly-Whites suggest there's more to come.
Never one to take a backward step, Ian's dogged competitiveness may have earned the left sided fullback a reputation as a combative character but that reputation often overlooks Ian's pace, defensive nous and a series of consistent performances for Hawke's Bay United and at international level with the U-20s.
A product of the Basketball New Zealand High Performance programme, Micaela represented her country through all age groups, culminating in the Junior Tall Ferns. She debuted for New Zealand at last year’s William Jones Cup in Taiwan and is still eligible for junior selection later this year.
Roy Williams, born in 1934, tried throughout his career to rid himself of the tag of being Yvette Williams’ younger brother. All of New Zealand knew and admired Yvette. She’d won four Empire Games gold medals and for more than half a century was the only New Zealand female track and field athlete to win an Olympic gold medal. She is a sports icon.
Injury may have curtailed a chance to win the Scotland Premier League golden boot with Hibernian in 2006/07 but it didn't stop the first-choice All White marksman being snapped up by Glaswegian giants Celtic in the off-season.
Graham May lifted only briefly at international level, but in that time he gave New Zealand two sports moments that will always be remembered. Both occurred during the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games.
May defied lack of experience and strong opposition to win the gold medal in the super-heavyweight division, recalling the feat of Don Oliver a decade earlier.