Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1912, Doug began his legendary badminton career playing on the front lawn with his mother and father. From that inauspicious beginning, he went on to become the World Professional Badminton Champion in 1945.
He won his first titles at the St. Lawrence District Championships in 1929, capturing the doubles crown with his father and the mixed doubles title with his mother. Always the fiery competitor, Doug was the Canadian Men’s Singles Champion in 1933, 1934, and 1936.
Following his competitive career, he coached badminton throughout Canada, including stints at the Montreal Athletic Association Club and at McGill University.
Upon moving to Belleville in 1956, he continued his athletic exploits – in tennis, ranked nationally in Seniors’ Divisions, in golf, in hockey in the Gas House League, and in badminton. He played his last hockey game for the Rotary Club at the age of seventy.0