ALA Congratulates Jen Williams on being inducted into the SA Sport Hall of Fame
Jen Williams (far right) receiving her SA Sport Hall of Fame Award
In November 2013 Jen, along with 4 other new inductees, was presented with her SA Sport Hall of Fame award in front of her family, friends and team mates spanning many years and from the many sports which Jen played. In particular, women's lacrosse was well represented, and Jen intends to use her Hall of Fame status to rally for greater recognition of other women's sports stars.
Jen's recollection of the night; "The 5 new inductees were - me, Jen Williams - Lacrosse, Sir James Hardy - Sailing (represented by his sister), Ken McGregor - Tennis (represented by his son), Jack Oatey - SANFL (represented by his son) and Kathyryn Harby Williams - Netball. We were the fourth year of induction and number 22-26 inducted. I joined my dad who was inducted for AFL in the second year (number 12) so we are the only father daughter in any hall of fame. This is what sport is all about, being in a team."
Extract from www.couriermail.com.au
THE imagination Jenny Williams developed growing up in one of SA's most famed sporting families would lead her to achieve things most would never have dared contemplate.
Williams was last month inducted into the KPMG SA Sport Hall of Fame after a career which saw her represent SA in six sports and win a world championship in lacrosse
She later co-founded the SA Women's Football Association and continues to have a lasting legacy on women's sport.
"Growing up with a father who was a coach you learned to think about how you could take a sport forward, and I suppose I developed a great imagination for what could be achieved in sport,'' says Williams, whose father Fos coached Port Adelaide to nine SANFL premierships.
Williams represented SA at senior level in cricket, soccer, football, touch football, indoor lacrosse and lacrosse during the 1970s and '80s winning multiple national championships.
Among her crowning achievements was playing in Australia's all-conquering lacrosse team through the '80s, which became the first side ever to beat the US in 1981 before winning the 1986 world championship.
Williams says the diverse sporting backgrounds of that Australian team changed the way women's lacrosse was played.
"When we went to the States in '86 we were using plastic sticks and we were playing left and right handed because of our background in other sports.
"The Americans were still using wooden sticks and they were still playing with one hand ...
"We were told plastic sticks were a fad and we were stupid, but now you can't find wooden sticks."
Williams was presented at the The Advertiser Channel 7 Sports Star of the Year Awards at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Friday night.
She attended the night with a large group of her former teammates from various sports and says the most important thing she achieved in sport was lifelong friendships.
She will use her Hall of Fame status to rally for greater recognition of other women's sports stars.
Williams' parents Fos and Von, both deceased, remain two of the greatest influences on her sporting career.