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Richard Martin

Richard is from Fresno, CA and is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a degree in business. He spent three years in the U.S. Army, including tours in Korea and Vietnam. He currently resides in Rocklin, CA.

Richard is the co-founder of Circle of Love Senior Fitness, which incorporates fun and exercise for people in nursing facilities in Sacramento and Placer County. He has been in the health & wellness business with XanGo & Isagenix, LLC since 2008. He enjoys year round activities, including anything related to flying, scuba, cycling, backpacking/hiking, kayaking and winter sports such as skiing and snow camping.

Richard was introduced to racquetball in 1973 and he has competed throughout central and northern California tournaments. He became Auburn Racquet & Fitness Club's racquetball director in May, 1986.

"The position has given me the opportunity to introduce racquetball as a fun, fitness lifestyle to hundreds of kids and adults over the decades. I thoroughly enjoy the team mentality our racquetball staff and our club provides for our members."

Derek D'Amour

Derek has been a member of ARFC since 2003 and on the racquetball staff since 2005. He loves all types of sports but especially racquet and paddle sports.

Before turning to racquetball, Derek played tennis and table tennis throughout high school and college. He turned to racquetball in 1986 and he was hooked! Over the years he's competed in and won some pretty high level tournaments, including California state singles and doubles championships as well as open level doubles and many age level events.

"The relationships developed over the years here at ARFC have been extremely rewarding. It's truly like a loving family and if some do not show, they are missed. We have an amazing club with so many options to help attain our fitness goals and my goal has been to teach and raise the level of play while having a blast with this incredibly fun sport. I hope to see you all of you on the racquetball courts so you can give this sport I love a chance. If not, well, there's always the fitness area!"

Ron Freeman

Ron Freeman is from Upland, California. He began playing racquetball at age 25. Since then, he has become an open level player, competing in tournaments and winning multiple titles over the past 30 years.

Ron graduated from Alta Loma High School in 1975. While still a teenager, he relocated to Grass Valley, California in order to pursue a profession as a general contractor with his father, Jimmy. He is married to Mirasol, a nurse, and they have one son, who just started playing racquetball at ARFC.

Justin Cone

Justin began playing racquetball in the mid 1990?s and came to ARFC soon after that. In 2006 he placed 4th in the Collegiate Nationals at Arizona State University in doubles, competing against 84 colleges across the nation.

Justin is an AmPRO (American Professional Racquetball Organization) certified instructor, but you are just as likely to see him stringing racquets at ARFC.

And now for some little known facts:

  • Showed horses regularly until the age of 15 (still rides occasionally).
  • Played golf since the age of 8; had a 9 handicap during his 4 years of varsity golf at Del Oro.
  • Won the SFL league tournament at Wild Horse Golf Course as a junior with a score of even par.
  • Began racing karts at the age of 12 and became a factory driver at 14.
  • Taught kart and car racing (closed wheel) instruction at 15 years old.
  • Raced mountain bikes for 8 years and had a best finish in the semi pro class of 3rd overall for the season.
  • Builds and drives Jeeps and buggies through the Rubicon Trail and Fordyce Creek trail for fun.
  • Works for REI full time teaching kayaking, paddle boarding and paddle board yoga, cycling and bike maintenance, snowshoeing, wilderness survival and navigation. He is also a certified Master Technician.

Go ahead... ask him something!

Sergio Ramirez

Sergio was born in Mexico and moved to the United States when he was 17. He has been married for 22 years and has two children.

Sergio enjoys playing volleyball and racquetball, however, racquetball is his primary sport! He has played for the last 15 years and has recently begun to compete in tournaments in the "A" level skill division.

Sergio has owned a landscaping maintenance business for the past 20 years. He enjoys spending time with his family, barbecuing, and hanging out at the lake.

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