Warren Lees is our second ambassador for 2020.
Warren first represented the Otago area in 1963 as a young and promising school boy. This signalled the beginning of a long and successful career in the sport of cricket. His ensuing 52 years of continuous service to the sport have been unparalleled by any other cricket personality.
His multifaceted roles as a player, a captain, a coach and as an administrator are held in high regard within the cricketing fraternity. As a player and captain, Warren led the province to national titles, developing a renowned team culture within the Otago ranks. Nationally Warren represented NZ from 1976-1983 as a wicketkeeper/batsman, including a test century highlight against Pakistan.
On his retirement as a player, Warren turned to coaching and led the Black Caps for three seasons. During this period NZ cricket reached a national high, with unprecedented public interest, as NZ hosted the 1992 World Cup. In recent years he has focused on the development of women’s cricket. His coaching role with the Otago Sparks led to a tenure as White Ferns coach to the 2014 World Cup in Bangladesh.
Warren was awarded an MBE for his services to sport and the community. Following on from this, his provincial contribution was recognised with a life membership of Otago Cricket. His thirty years of service as a trustee of the Halberg Trust was also acknowledged with a life membership award. Warren now lives a quieter life with his wife Jude on a lifestyle block near Clyde,Central Otago. He maintains a high interest in cricket, but prefers to focus any free time he has on his six young grandchildren.