The new concept will honour the past while inspiring the future. The meet will be known as The Province Percy Williams Indoor Games, keeping the memory alive of the Vancouver sprinter who won the 1928 Olympic Games 100m and 200m in Amsterdam. The King Edward High School athlete was the only Canadian to win both sprint titles in the Olympic Games.
The Achilles Track and Field Society organized the first ever-indoor meet in Vancouver in 1965. It was known as the Percy Williams Invitational Indoor Track Meet at the Agrodome on the Pacific National Exhibition grounds. 51 years later Percy Williams memory will be rekindled once again at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
During the competition in 1965 on the 160-yard board track with an 8-lane 50-yard interior sprint surface, another Vancouver sprinter broke the Canadian record. That of course was Harry Jerome, the bronze medalist in 100m at the 1964 Olympic Games. Harry ran 5.3 seconds for 50-yard Canadian record that day over half a century ago.
Percy Williams himself attended that indoor meet and met with Harry Jerome. The 1928 Olympic Champion was known to be uncomfortable in public and some considered him to be reclusive. This is remarkable because his profession as an insurance agent, is often chosen by those of a gregarious nature.