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LNY 2021 SPOTLIGHT: Richard Chee Quee

Richard Chee Quee

Richard Chee Quee was born in Camperdown, Sydney in 1971 and showed an early love for sports, especially cricket. He and his brother both attended Marcellin College, Randwick, a school known for its strong emphasis on sporting achievement among students. He recalls how at the time in the 1980s, he and his brother were some of the only Asian background students at the school, something that compelled them to show what they were capable of. He would become only the second Australian of Chinese heritage to play First Class cricket, following in the footsteps of Hunter Poon.

Richard’s strong performances at under 17 level led him to be recruited into Scottish cricket, playing for Ayr for a season, as well as English county cricket, where he played for Liverpool and Hightown in the Liverpool and District Cricket competition alongside his brother. While playing in England, he got the call up to play for the NSW state team, after having passed through the Australian Cricket Academy several seasons prior alongside Adam Gilchrist. He scored a First Class century in a much remembered test between NSW and the West Indies in the season of 1996. During the 1990s, Quee also played in both the Mercantile Cup and Sheffield Shield competitions at various times.

After stepping down from state level cricket, Richard stayed heavily involved in Sydney local competitions, making an especially strong showing for the newly formed Randwick-Petersham, after the merger between his former club Randwick and Petersham-Marrickville. He was awarded Best in 1st Grade Sydney Cricket and the Bill O’Reilly medal in 2001-2002 for scoring 1003 runs in a season. Today, Richard remains involving in cricket mentoring, lifting up the next generation of cricketers, and is lead vocalist for the rock band Six & Out.

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