Canada’s only World Men’s Champion (1953) – Stockholm, Sweden
I used to work for CanadaPost and one week I had to fill in for a Postal Worker who was away on vacation in Vancouver. As I began sorting the mail for the day there was one name that popped up about a dozen times and it was Doug Hepburn. I thought to myself – is this the famous Doug Hepburn I had heard of but had never met? I was really looking forward to delivering his mail and hopefully getting the opportunity to meet him for the first time. When I arrived at his address I was unsure whether I should just deliver the mail and keep going or if I should knock on the door. I decided to knock and Doug answered the door. I introduced myself and found that he knew who I was. He followed the sport over the internet and through the papers. We had a great conversation that day and all through the week.
At the end of my week delivering Doug’s mail I asked him for his phone number which allowed us to speak a number of times on the phone. Prior to his passing – I asked Doug if it would be possible to start a competition in his name and he agreed. There was already a historical event taking place in Quebec honouring Louis Cyr which is still going strong so the Junior Doug Hepburn Championships was created which is a Youth only event in British Columbia. 2016 will mark the 19th Annual Junior Doug Hepburn.
I was hoping to have Doug Hepburn as a Special Guest at the 2003 World Weightlifting Championships in Vancouver (50 Years since his World Title) but sadly he passed away November 22, 2000.
Strongman – The Doug Hepburn Story – A great read!!!