Zig Lejins, who was born in Valmiera, Latvia, and now makes his home in Prince Albert, was a founding member of the Prince Albert Table Tennis Club in 1976, and became one of the leading forces in table tennis in Saskatchewan. At the provincial and local level, he has coached table tennis for twenty years in Prince Albert and was the coach of the Provincial Women’s Table Tennis Team in the Canadian championships in 1978. Zig has served the provincial organization by acting as the head umpire at a host of provincial championships.
Zig was a Director of the Saskatchewan Table Tennis Association and chaired the table tennis venue for the Saskatchewan Winter Games in Prince Albert in1982.
He was the chief referee at the Western Canada Summer Games in Regina in 1987 and acted as an umpire in the 1989 and 1993 Western Canadian Table Tennis championships held in Saskatoon
He has worked in the capacity of referee or umpire in the 1987 Canada Summer Games held in Regina and in nine National and Junior National championships from 1979 to 1996 as well as umpiring at the 1995 Canada Winter Games held in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Zig has conducted numerous clinics throughout the province and has extensively examined up-and-coming officials with an eye to upgrading their level and skills for the benefit of table tennis in the province.
Internationally, Zig has been designated as an international umpire and has served in this capacity at the Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales in 1989 (a first for a Saskatchewan official), at the Atlanta Paralympics in 1996 and the 1997 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, Scotland.