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Doug Day

Doug Day (1995)

Doug Day spent more than 40 years working for the betterment of local soccer since his arrival in Victoria in 1948. He helped many youngsters learn the game of soccer first as a volunteer with the Victoria Soccer School program and then with the Gordon Head Soccer Association. He became president of the latter and then served eight years as president of the Lower Island Juvenile Soccer Association. Doug went on as a leader in the expanding Victoria & District Senior Soccer League and served as president through the 1970's. Changeover to the Vancouver Island Soccer League and Victoria's first successes at the national championships. During the 80's he held various V .I.S.L. executive positions before stepping down. But in 1992 he was back helping the fledgling Vancouver Island Woman's Soccer Association get established. Doug Day represented soccer on The Victoria Sports Council in 1968 when they organized the first Victoria Sports Celebrity Dinner and worked with that organization for 25 years. For his untiring dedication to soccer he was rewarded as Victoria's1973 sportsman of the Year. Since then the Gordon Head Soccer Association have honoured him by naming one of their fields after him and in 1995 the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame selected him as one of the first inducted into their Builder category.