Douglas (Doug) Sturrock has been involved as a player, coach, selector and administrator with the game of rugby union locally, provincially and nationally for over six decades. Like many graduates of Kitsilano Secondary School, Doug joined the Meraloma Club as a player and later served seven years as a coach. He also played at the University of British Columbia, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education degree. Later, Doug completed a Master of Arts degree in History at the University of Alberta where he participated in rugby as a player/coach.
After graduating from UBC, Doug began a long and successful career as a Physical Education teacher and rugby coach in Vancouver, most notably at Magee Secondary School. Doug coached at Magee for 34 years, including six years after he had retired as a teacher. In recognition of Doug’s years of service as a teacher, department head and coach, the gymnasium at the new Magee Secondary School was named in his honour.
This was just one of the many honours and awards that Doug received over his long teaching and rugby career. He has been the recipient of the Vancouver Secondary Schools Athletic Association Longstanding Service Award, a BC Schools Sports Honour Award, the Sport BC President’s Award, a BC Secondary Schools Rugby Union Honorary Life Membership, the Vancouver Rugby Union C. W. Stoess Trophy (for sportsmanship, leadership and playing ability) and The BC Rugby Union Jack Patterson Award, (for outstanding contribution to the game of rugby football in British Columbia)
The awards listed above indicate the recognition that Doug’s rugby associates have made of his service to the game in many capacities from the school to the international level.
Doug’s interest in rugby extends far beyond the many years that he has spent as a player, coach, clinician, selector and administrator. He has become the custodian of our game, the keeper of our past, the wise observer of our present. Doug co-authored a history of the Meraloma Club, and acts as the Honorary Historian for that club, the BC Secondary Schools Rugby Union, the BC Rugby Union and for Rugby Canada. Because of Doug’s knowledge of our rugby past he has also been appointed to chair the BC Rugby Union Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Doug also served as chair of the BC Rugby Union Centennial History Committee.
Doug Sturrock has served as the premier historian of rugby in our province and has been an influential advocate in promoting the BC Rugby Hall of Fame. His tireless research work has paved the way for the induction of several of the Hall of Fame’s current members and it is most fitting that he now joins them as a Builder.