William Day

William George Day
Skiing - 1964

William George Day, affectionately known as Billy was born in 1935 at Padstow NSW. His parents managed the Chalet at Charlotte’s Pass, so it was no surprise that Billy took to the sport of skiing at an early age.

In 1948 at the age of 13 he competed in the National Championships and also in Interstate Team Competitions at Mount Hotham. Regretfully a broken leg incurred by his brother Gordon resulted in the team departing before the competitions were concluded.

In 1949 Billy won his first important race when in the NSW National Championships he won the Slalom from his brother Gordon.

In 1951 he was selected as one of the team to represent Australia in the Inter-Dominion following his third placing in both the National Slalom and Downhill at Falls Creek.

1952 saw Billy selected in Australia’s first official Winter Olympic Team which competed in the Oslo Games. He was then 17 and finished in the middle of the field beating representatives from Argentina, Chile, Belgium, Holland, Greece, Hungary and New Zealand.

In 1954 he won the National Slalom and in 1955 the NSW Downhill.

Billy was selected to represent Australia in the VIIth Winter Olympics held in Cortina, Italy in 1956 and produced results which were a decided improvement on his Oslo performances but regretfully not of sufficient standard to win a medal.

1958 he represented Australia in New Zealand and won the Slalom. Back in Australia he won the Slalom and came second in the Downhill in the National Championships.

1959 saw Billy win the Slalom and the Downhill and the Combined Title and again represented Australia in the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley in California.

1964 he was again selected for the Winter Olympics but stepped aside to let a younger skier take his place.