Doug Fletcher enjoyed a long and active life in sports, both as an athlete and administrator. He played cricket until he reached fifty years of age, soccer until forty, and played many years of softball and golf (including a record 72 holes in one day).
Between 1942 and 1967 Fletcher was presented with thirteen awards including Victoria’s “Sportsman of the Year” (1968) and the BC Amateur Hockey Association Diamond Stick Award for hockey (1964). He was also elected to the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a builder in 1967.
Fletcher began organizing minor lacrosse in 1944, and regularly coached or refereed numerous Junior A or Senior B games each week for years. He coached and managed a remarkable thirty-five provincial championship winning lacrosse teams.
Fletcher served on the executive of lacrosse associations for many years including president of the BC Lacrosse Association from 1948-50) and vice-president of the Canadian Lacrosse Association from 1957-63.
Fletcher co-organized the Victoria Minor Hockey Association with fellow BC Sports Hall of Famer Ivan Temple in 1942. He then served as the organization’s president or a coach in the league for sixteen years.
Fletcher also served as president of the Vancouver Island Senior Hockey League for several years beginning in 1941 and as president of the Commercial Hockey League from 1952-63.
He spent ten years on the executive of the Uplands Golf Club including five years as president. He stood as chairman of the Centennial Sports Committee for several years in the 1950s and 1960s (1958, 1962, 1966, 1967).
Other Victoria-area positions for Fletcher included president of the Sports Council of Greater Victoria from 1947-67 and a member of the Victoria Athletic Commission from 1954-68. He acted as the first chairman (1948) and member of the Victoria Memorial Arena Commission.