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


Welcome to the Richmond Hill Squash Club – (Original Message)

We are thrilled that you are interested in finding out more about the great sport of Squash. Our website is rich with information to help you get started.

Right now, you can purchase a 3-month trial membership for yourself or a friend for just $179.
Find out what it’s like to get amazing exercise and the same time, have loads of FUN playing ‘indoor’ squash. As a club that is open 24/7, you get your own personal FOB giving you 24-hour access.
We also offer one month advance online booking, singles and doubles courts, Monday night House League, Ladder play, monthly club events and more – you get access to all of this, included in your 3-month membership fee. And you don’t pay a penny (or a loonie) more for your court time. It’s included.

Our club welcomes people of all playing levels. Right now, we are particularly looking for beginners and players who are just starting out.
Contact me today to answer any questions you may have, get your free tour and get you or a friend started this week.

Squash – it’s easy, it’s affordable, it’s fun and most important, it could be your start to great exercise.

Do more, feel better, live longer.

Richmond Hill Squash Club



The Richmond Hill Squash Club prioritizes the health and safety of our members, guests and staff. The Public Health Agency of Canada officials are encouraging the public to take proactive steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

In consideration of the health of our Club community your Board of Directors has unanimously supported the decision to close the Club on March 16 at 5:00 pm until further notice.  

Although we are not aware of any presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our members, guests or staff, we feel that we should align with recommendations from the man government advisers including the Chief Medical Officer of Health and our local Public Health.  

We will continue to assess the situation on a regular basis and communicate with members regularly as more information becomes available. We understand the closure will have a significant impact on our Club community and that you will have many questions. We kindly ask for your patience as we endeavour to answer them.  

Please contact Robert Dubé ( if you have any questions.  

We are hopeful that this decision will help to protect our Club community and the communities in which we all reside. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these unprecedented times.

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.

RHSC Closing in on 50th Anniversary

In just 3 short years, the Richmond Hill Squash Club will celebrate 5 decades serving Richmond Hill and the northern GTA.

The excitement will surely gain momentum as we get closer, however, why wait!

RHSC caters to players of all levels – from beginners, those new to squash, right up to more seasoned competitors including players who are interested in inter-club competition.

If you would like more information about what makes RHSC different from other sports facilities, or if you would like a free tour, please contact us at your convenience.

We have a special 3-month trial membership available for a limited time. In the colder months of winter, now would be the perfect time to give squash in Richmond Hill a try.

J.S. Quance
President, RHSC
Enhancing Your Squash Club Experience