Opening Ceremony Guest Speaker
Les was born in Nyngan in 1956 and was a Rugby League footballer of the 1970s & 80s. He played representative football for the Australian national side in international matches as well as the NSW side in the State of Origin. Les played club football in both Australia and England and his usual position was in the second row.
While attending Nyngan High School, Les played for the Australian Schoolboys U16 team in 1972, he moved to Cootamundra in 1973.
1976 he moved to West Magpies for 4 seasons
1980 he moved to Manly for 5 seasons
1985 he moved to Warrington in England until 1990
1978 & 1982 he was selected to play for the Kangaroos, he also played for Sydney, Country NSW, NSW & Origin
In 2000 Les was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia's international standing in rugby league.
Les and his wife Judy have 2 children and 5 grand children, he enjoys fishing & shooting and also hanging out with Rodney Robb, hard to believe but true.