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William Millerson's legacy celebrated in Curacao

2020-07-07

William Millerson's legacy celebrated in Curacao

The memory of Karate personality William Millerson was celebrated Saturday, July 4th in an emotive ceremony held in Curaçao. WKF Executive Committee member William Millerson was honoured by family, friends, and sports dignitaries in a memorial service which was attended by WKF President Antonio Espinós. 

The memory of Karate personality William Millerson was celebrated Saturday, July 4th in an emotive ceremony held in Curaçao. WKF Executive Committee member William Millerson was honoured by family, friends, and sports dignitaries in a memorial service which was attended by WKF President Antonio Espinós.

William Millerson was a member of the WKF Executive Committee since 1994, PKF Honorary President, former World Championships and Continental Championships medallist and one of the most relevant personalities in the recent history of the sport. Mr Millerson passed away on June 20th due to an illness.

Sports authorities, national and local officials, family, and friends gathered on Saturday to honour William Millerson’s contribution to the development of the sport, not only in his country but all over the world. Mr Millerson, who was one of the longest-running officials within the World Karate Federation after being elected WKF Executive Committee member for 26 years, held many high-level managing positions in sports including President of the Olympic Committee of the Netherlands Antilles and President of the Curaçao Federation of Sports. He was also elected President of Parliament of Curaçao for the term 2017-2021.

The ceremony to honour Mr Millerson’s legacy was attended by many dignitaries including IOC Executive Board member Nicole Hoevertsz. IOC representative Nicole Hoevertsz presented William Millerson’s widow with the IOC President’s Trophy, a recognition bestowed by the International Olympic Committee for Mr Millerson’s “many achievements in sport”.

“William Millerson has been one of the most important personalities in the recent history of our sport. The strength, development and magnitude of Karate nowadays could not be understood without Millerson’s contribution; for that, the Karate family will be eternally grateful. We owe him very much. He was also a dear friend to me, and he will be terribly missed,” said WKF President Antonio Espinós.

(Top Picture: WKF President Antonio Espinós addresses the audience during William Millerson’s memorial service)


William Millerson’s widow, Jacqueline with William’s sons and daughters, Darcy, Patrick, Sheena and Ebany.

WKF President Antonio Espinós during his address to the audience.

IOC Executive Board member Nicole Hoevertsz, in the presence of WKF President Antonio Espinós, gives William Millerson’s widow Jacqueline the IOC President’s Trophy in recognition to Millerson’s contribution to the development of sports.

IOC Executive Board member Nicole Hoevertsz (right) and William Millerson’s widow and sons and daughters.

WKF President Antonio Espinós (centre) with Ivonne Leito and Anthony Leito.

WKF President Antonio Espinós and IOC Executive Board member Nicole Hoevertsz (centre) pose with William Millerson’s family and friends.

WKF President Antonio Espinós honours the memory of William Millerson.

From left to right: William Millerson’s widow Jacqueline, IOC Executive Board member Nicole Hoevertsz and WKF President Antonio Espinós.

A banner honouring William Millerson.

WKF President Antonio Espinós and IOC Executive Board member Nicole Hoevertsz (centre) with representatives of the Aruba Karate Federation.

WKF President Antonio Espinós (left) with William Millerson’s widow Jacqueline and daughters Sheena and Ebany.

William Millerson’s brother, John.