2013 Orange Helmet Awards

VMFL Members Awarded High Honors


2013 Community Coach Of The Year – Doug Pauls


Flag football’s tremendous growth in the province of British Columbia over the past several years can be directly attributed to the tireless efforts of Doug Pauls.
While Doug wears many hats within football, his greatest impact can be seen in his role as the VMFL’s Flag Coordinator. He is directly responsible for organizing the spring flag seasons for five separate age divisions and coordinating the provincial championships for every single
club that competes in the Spring flag season each year. This past June he coordinated over 1,000 individuals, volunteers, athletes, coaches and referees – as part of the Flag Provincial
Championships in Kelowna.
Doug’s passion for football extends beyond his work with Spring flag football. At a local level, he is heavily involved with the Westside Warriors’ program serving in a multitude of capacities including coach. For the past seven years he has also been part of the coaching staff for high school football’s Vancouver College Fighting Irish.

Doug’s love and passion for the game knows no bounds and the entire football landscape in the province is all the better thanks to his involvement.

2013 Pioneer Award Winner – John Hocking

2013-04-19-01The North Surrey Minor Football Association owes much of its success over the past three decades to John Hocking even though he never stepped onto the turf as a player or a coach.

Originally from Ontario, John first became involved with North Surrey Minor Football in the early 1980’s when his son. Doug, wanted to give minor football a try. John was elected Vice-President of North Surrey Minor Football in 1982 – a position he has not relinquished since.

John added the title of equipment manager in 1984 which is perhaps the role he is best known for. He takes great pride in purchasing equipment and uniforms, and dressing every player in the association. always ensuring players’ equipment is in tip-top shape.

One of John’s biggest contributions to North Surrey Minor Football came shortly after the Association made a successful proposal to the City of Surrey in 1986 to build a new clubhouse. John, whose day job is with Be Hydro as a foreman. used his construction background to recruit a number of executives, coaches and club members to assist with the building project.

Today, he still actively maintains the North Surrey Minor Football clubhouse along with doing just about every other job imaginable to help the organization run smoothly and seamlessly.