The Antigua and Barbuda Olympic Association would like to extend congratulations to His Excellency Dr Rodney Errey Lawrence Williams on his appointment as the fourth Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda.
His Excellency was sworn in on Thursday, 14 August 2014 before both Houses of Parliament. After taking the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Office, he told Parliament and the nation that he accepted his duties with humility and measured pride.
Rodney Errey Lawrence Williams was born in Swetes, Antigua. He is the son of the late Ernest Emmanuel Williams who was one of the longest serving members of parliament in the history of Antigua & Barbuda.
He received his secondary education at the Antigua Grammar School, and was the head boy of the school. After leaving school, he taught for two years at his alma mater because of his deep admiration for his mother, a former educator. He however soon pursued his passion for medicine, and graduated from the School of Medicine of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in 1976. Dr. Williams returned to Antigua and practiced medicine privately in conjunction with his appointment as district medical officer.
His Excellency later broadened his scope within the field by becoming certified in aviation medicine through studies at the Royal Air force Institute of Aviation Medicine in the United Kingdom and Federal Aviation Aeronautical Institute in Oklahoma, USA. He went on to do Sports Medicine at the US Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs and in Australia. He achieved his Fellowship in Aviation Medicine in 2007 in the United States.
His Excellency has a keen interest in sports to include Athletics, Badminton, Cycling, Football, Cricket and Lawn Tennis. He played an active role in assisting Antiguan and Barbudan sportspersons in keeping healthy and raising funds. Dr. Williams’ love for sports on a whole afforded him the opportunity to be elected as President of the Antigua and Barbuda Olympic Association during the period of 1992 – 1997. He also served as the first President of the Antigua and Barbuda Badminton Association and later, as President of the Antigua and Barbuda Athletics Association from 2009 – 2014 where he relinquished his Presidency upon his appointment as Governor General.
On 20 August 2014, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on the advice of Her Majesty’s Antigua and Barbuda Ministers, conferred orders for the appointment of His Excellency Williams to the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George. With the knighthood, he became an Ordinary Member First Class, or Knight Grand Cross of the said Most Distinguished Order (GCMG), and was accorded the title “Sir”.