Passing of our Founder — Mr. Doug Allen

Our beloved founder Doug Allen passed away on Oct. 1st.

Doug’s influence and inspiration travelled near and far over many years. He touched countless lives with his energy, his thoughtfulness and his limitless humour. We in his squash club are the beneficiaries of Doug’s vision and persistence.

Fifty years ago his vision was realized with the Richmond Hill Squash Club’s groundbreaking and subsequent construction becoming a reality. Over these fifty years countless friendships were made, too many games to count were played, celebrations big and small brought us all together and all due to Doug’s dreams, his inclusivity and perseverance.

One original North American style court transformed over the years to four International courts and a marvelous doubles court under the guidance of Doug. His leadership and trust in others shaped success in everything he did.

His reach extended to Central America where he was the driving force to build 26 schools under the Schools for Children of the World banner, an organization that he founded. Currently there is a high school under construction in Honduras named after Doug Allen to ensure that his monumental efforts will always be remembered.

Closer to home he founded the Richmond Hill canoe club and taught many kids the art of paddling and to respect our waterways.

Doug’s squash game was an awesome combination of shots, gamesmanship, savvy timing and of course intimidation. As a left-hander his angles and positioning put many a player at a real disadvantage. He would smile broadly at his opponent but at the end of a match his quickness was still intact as he offered his opponents a friendly beer.

Doug you meant so much to so many and to say you’ll be missed is the greatest understatement.

Don Pocock

2019 Club Champs — Results

ON April 27 the club held its 2018-19 Club Championship Finals for all levels in both singles and doubles.  We had a great day, the event was well attended by members and guests.  Before announcing the results I would like to thank all our sponsors (see attached), as well as everyone who helped out with refereeing, serving food and drinks, selling raffle tickets and cleaning up after.  Everyone’s participation is a testament to how good our club and members are!!!

Here are the champions (all names will be added to our plaque wall):
Women’s Singles A — Heather Dart 
Women’s Singles B — Margaret Jin Chan
Men’s Singles A — Dave Conte
Men’s Singles B — Thang Lê
Men’s Singles C — Mark McKay
Men’s Singles D — Scott Skinner
Club Doubles A — Marco Wong and Thang Lê
Club Doubles B — Paul and Nicolas Reimer
Club Doubles C — Nick Rapp and Shabbir Jaffer
Club Doubles D — Akil Dhirani and Shabbir Kanjee
Women’s Doubles A — Heather Dart and Brenda Garel
Women’s Doubles B – Farhat Salemwalla and Danielle Leblanc
Mixed Doubles A — Farhat Salemwalla and Paul Reimer
Mixed Double B — Carrol and Brad Trunk
A special thank you to Reinaldo Rivas who coordinated all the draws and stayed on top of all of us to make the tournament a success again this year.

NEW — Junior Squash Program Starting January 2019


Starting in January 2019, we are excited to announce the RHSC Junior Squash Program.


This program is designed to introduce the game of Squash to children in the Richmond Hill area.

For the children of RHSC members and non-members, this program would introduce them to a wonderful game that provides health and fitness benefits along with a greater sense of self accomplishments, competitive spirit, discipline and pride.

Squash provides an alternative athletic experience for students who are not involved in team sports, or who may desire to develop other athletic skills in addition to those offered by hockey, football, soccer, basketball, etc. Squash also has a proven track record as an excellent sport for students who enjoy individual competition.

We are in the process of organizing and scheduling the program. If you and your children are interested in learning more, please contact Reinaldo Rivas at:


  • 1-2 weekly sessions.
  • Each session will be 1 hour.
  • *Sessions will be planned for:
    • Wednesday evenings (7-8pm and 8-9pm)
    • Saturday afternoons (1-2pm, 2-3pm, 3-4pm)
  • Children from 6-17 are eligible to join and based on the skills & level, we will divide the kids into 4 groups:
    • Beginners: Never played squash before. Players can’t hit the ball consistently.
    • Intermediate: Players that can hit the ball but still can’t do rallies or consistently do good serves
    • Advanced: Players that can keep a decent rally and consistently do good serves.
    • “Elite”: Players that can rally, drill, have a great variety of shots and precision, great footwork and keen to play Tournaments and other competitive events.
  • **Costs:
    • Members: $16/session, per child- $80 for 5 sessions. 10 sessions program is available at $150
    • Non-Members: $19/session, per child- $95 for 5 sessions. 10 sessions program is available as well at $180
    • Discounts for Siblings & Referrals also available. Please refer to the PRICING & SCHEDULING


  • Fill out the registration forms and waivers
  • Protective eyeware for kids & Squash Racquet Squash racquet (We will have some racquets & protective eye ware available, but might not be able to have one for everyone depending upon the number of participants)


Below are links to other important information about the program.

* Schedules are subject to change depending on availability players and coaches. Please refer always to the most recent MONTHLY CALENDAR. Last minute changes will be communicated via email.

** Costs per sessions are subject to change without previous notification. Please refer always to the most recent PRICING & SCHEDULING


The Junior Program will be conducted by 2 Coaches: Reinaldo Rivas & Paul Reimer.


Born & raised in Caracas, Venezuela, I started playing squash when I was 11 years old. Very quickly after I started participating in National & International tournaments, helping grow the passion for the sport even more. Although I never made the Professional Squash Circuit, I became one of the top players in the Caribbean and South America in the early 90’s. I had the opportunity to travel to many countries to play & teach the sport.

In 1989, I took over the challenge to full fill my coach’s footsteps. Since then, I have taught the sport to well over 1,000 squash players and in many cases, changed for better, people’s lives forever. I came to Canada in 2003 and quickly joined the squash community. I played in many different Tournaments, Leagues and discovered Doubles in 2006, for which I grew a great passion.

I continued to teach squash in clubs & gyms such as: Sports Clubs of Canada, GoodLife Fitness and joined the Richmond Hill Squash Club team in 2012.

Below a list of the highlights:

  • Ontario Squash Coach Certified (Level 1).
  • Represented Venezuela in multiple International Events.
  • Teaching Squash since 1989 (Europe, South America and Canada).
  • Participated in North American, European, Caribbean and Latin-American Tournaments.
  • 1991-2000- National Champion 9 straight years- Venezuela.
  • 1991-1992- Europe Squash Tour- England, Belgium, Portugal.
  • 1994- South American Top 16 (South American Tour: Venezuela, Columbia, Peru, Ecuador).
  • 1998- Open Caribbean Champion- Barbados- Caribbean Squash Circuit.
  • 2004- Ontario’s “A” Champion.
  • 2014 – Division 1 Singles T&D Champions (Summer).
  • 2015, 2017-2018 – IMAST Team Champions.
  • 2017, 2018 – 40+ Buffalo Doubles Invitational Tournament Champion


I love to compete.  As a kid my goal was always to beat the next best player.  I really enjoy drills, working on my game, my shots, and my footwork. My father was an accredited coach, and early on he taught me the benefit of practice and analyzing the game.  I also love to teach, and while I’ve never taught professionally, I’ve taught a lot of people to play.

  • I’ve played racquet sports since I was old enough to hold a racquet.
  • Under 16 provincial badminton champion 3 years in a row.
  • Played national level badminton for a year until I moved on to university.
  • Picked up squash around 16 years old.
  • Created and ran squash house league at Lakehead University for 2 years. Taught quite a few students and teachers how to play.
  • Ran Squash house league at RFA (club no longer around) for many years.
  • Competed in T&D and tournaments since the mid-1990s. Highest I ever finished was Provincial Champs finalist B, and T&D B level Champion.
  • Worked & drilled with Rob Brooks for many years.