BLUES BROTHER WARREN CAIRNS – MAKING A DIFFERENCE

When Warren Cairns allows himself to sit back and reflect on his contribution to Marlborough sport, he can do so with much pride.

Warren and Katrina

As a player, the talented all-rounder, passionate about every team he turned out for, played rugby, cricket and indoor cricket for Marlborough and only had one speed, full speed. He had the complete package as a cricketer, good swing bowler, aggressive batsman and fine fieldsman and in rugby he was just as versatile as a utility back, mainly fullback out of the Central Rugby Club.

‘Wal’ as he’s affectionately known to most, played cricket for Celtic second grade then Redwood and Wairau Valley in the Marlborough senior competitions as well as representing Marlborough from 1991. In indoor cricket Warren played three years reps for Tasman in an era where the indoor game was flourishing.

Warren’s partner Katrina Lange is also a big contributor to the province as an events organiser and they have a daughter Jade, four years old and his step son Sean Lange.

Family Man

He was part of a Central senior club side which developed into one of the best in the province starting with his debut in 1990  through to 1995 when the Blues won the competition. They continue to be the major force in Marlborough Club rugby and are also the current Tasman Club champions.

Premiership Winners

"Central would be the strongest club and possibly best rugby club in Marlborough closely followed by Renwick "

Warren travelled overseas and experienced three years playing in the USA  playing in San Fransisco and Texas from 1996-98 then on returning home gave back to the game he loved by being a major contributor as an administrator.

He first went onto the Central Club committee while still playing in 1994 and since returning home from the USA has served in various capacities at club level as well as 10 years on the Marlborough Rugby Union board and two terms on the Tasman Rugby Union between 2013-17 during which New Zealand’s newest union became one of the powerhouses of provincial rugby.

Three years playing in the USA playing in San Fransisco and Texas from 1996-98

USA BOUND.

In between playing sport and being an administrator Warren also found time to become a fully qualified electrician and now runs his own successful business in Blenheim, Cairns Electrical and through his business he is a Central club sponsor.

SPARKING UP - Cairns Electrical Crew from left Mark Gapper, Central/Marlborough rugby captain Reyne Volavola and The Boss

Warren’s partner Katrina Lange is also a big contributor to the province as an events organiser and they have a daughter Jade, four years old and his step son Sean Lange.

Warren and Katrina - a busy couple contributing to the Marlborough community

In my wide ranging interview with Wal, who I had the privilege of playing alongside at the Redwood Cricket Club back in the day, he talks about the challenges facing sports clubs in provincial New Zealand and why his rugby club, Central are so successful.

Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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