Fantastic Candy Corn/NAWGJWA Critique Meet!
Thank you everyone – especially Tom Koll, Laurie Reid, Kim Thomson and crew and the clubs that attended.

Great group of women and Dean and Tom!

Our special Service Award recipients:
Mandy Eldredge, Marge Eilers, Dean Ratliff and Barb MacAfee

Chrystal Lofton, Laurel Tindall, Denise Green, Michelle Lawhorn

Dawn and Pier

Dawn Kiss and Pier Hansen

new judges training

Our new judges training!! Caron Schmidt, Katie Thieme, and Jayme Hostetter.

Spokane Video Training this past weekend for local Region 2 judges!

Thanks Tracy – for hosting!

Back row: Barbara May (ID), Erin Stone (ID), Linda Wren (WA), Di Palmer (WA), Pam Harper (WA), Tyanna (ID), Tracy Duncan (WA)

Middle row: Laurie Chadwick (WA), Chrystal Lofton (WA), Kelsey Cairns (WA), Michelle Ladow (WA), Judee Scarola, (ID)
Front: Lizzie Dolan – MT

6-22-15 Region 2 NAWGJ Symposium in conjunction with Region 2 Congress was a great success! It was held this past weekend at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, Oregon. Our WA judges who presented at the Symposium included Dean Ratliff (at left), Dianne Palmer, Laurel Tindall, Denise Green and Lee Bjella.

Mike Armstrong, Lisa Pizl Price and Linda Haverly Lutz receiving their Hall of Fame plaques from John Smith at the WA State Clinic.
Thank you for your contribution to WA gymnastics!


photos: Sandy Flores

USA Gymnastics WA Awards:

Inspiration Award: Marlene Cervantes

Naydenov Gymnastics
Optional: Auburn Gymnastics

Region 2 Program of the Year: Metropolitan

Blast from the past: Region 2 meet in Hawaii 1980’s: Genie McElroy, Karen Wisen, Vad Woodside, Darlene Raymond, June Houghton, Kay Canedy, Laurel Tindall, Priscilla Hickey, Gail Saiki (photo from Priscilla)

Article on Dr. Eric Hughes, Mill Creek Living Magazine read more

NAWGJWA Board Meeting Agenda: Oct. 17, 2015
5 year plan
Budget Proposal
All Judges State Meeting
Service Awards/Pins
Committee Reports

All Judges State Meeting Agenda Oct. 18, 2015
5 year plan
Committee Reports
Service Awards/Pins


6-22-15 Region 2 NAWGJ Symposium in conjunction with Region 2 Congress was a great success! It was held this past weekend at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, Oregon. Our WA judges who presented at the Symposium included Dean Ratliff (at left), Dianne Palmer, Laurel Tindall, Denise Green and Lee Bjella.

WA NAWGJ Board Meeting – June 19, 2015, MAC

Financial and member reports
Date for CC and HX
National Judges Cup
New business

Our condolences to the family and friends of Genie McElroy on her gentle passing in her sleep April 14th at her home in Salem, OR. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her.

NCAA Nationals – Congrats to Boise gymnast, Kelsey Morris, former LEGA gymnast who qualified as an AA. Utah had Haley Lange and Baely Rowe, AGC former gymnasts. Florida won the team championship.

Congrats to SPU, 3rd place at Nationals – Maria Hundley earns another two National titles. read more

Great article on Coach Laurel Tindal – 40 years as SPU head coach. article

Washington Judges in the spotlight:

Congrats to Washington judges Denise Green for the honor of judging USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships and Dean Ratliff for his selection to judge the NCAA Championships!! We are proud of you both:}


Our Level 8 WA State Team – WINNERS of the Region 2 State Challenge!
Anna Parchman- ECG: Tali Joelson -Cascade Elite: Kira McKey-Cascade Elite: Madeline Hunt-ECG:
Olivia Hartzell-ECG: Lauren Quane-ECG: Jordan Rothkowitz-ECG: Aprilla Howick-Metropolitan

*****This is a landing deduction….it is a stuck landing but the feet are hip width apart and therefore up to .1 deduction.

Landing Deductions added at the Joint JO/TC meeting, May 2014
(These meetings are posted on the left, down under Minutes):
“Clarification: When considering the new landing deductions for vault and dismounts on Bars and Beam that were added August 1, 2014:
Landing with feet more than hip-width apart 0.10
Landing with feet staggered Up to 0.10
Landing with feet hip-width (or less) apart and fails to slide heels together Up to 0.10
If a gymnast lands with feet apart or staggered and then continues to take steps, deduct only for the steps. These new deductions are meant to be applied only when the gymnast “sticks” the landing on Vault and Bar/Beam dismounts.”


Brad Loan (former owner of PSSG and 2006 USAGWA Hall of Fame inductee) and his former WA gymnast Kristina Baskett at Great West Gym Fest. Read more about Kristina and her work in movies such as Divergent, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ender’s Game.


1-12-15- GREAT JOB WA Level 7 Team for your successful showing at the National Judges Cup in Alabama this past weekend! Thanks to coaches Angie Jefferson and Ben Carson for working with the girls – Beautiful leo’s Tammy Carney!

Special thanks to Kathy Crawford for representing WA judges – even though she ended up having to stay an extra day because of plane maintenance issues – but she got First Class upgrade:}

Coach Casey McGranahan, Leading Edge Gymnastics, has a pet pig – Wilson!

Article on Tammy Sutton Carney, former WA gymnast, current WA coach and owner of DareDevils Activewear read more

Dealing With Difficult People – Denise’s National Symposium Presentation.







Minutes of past Board Meetings can be found on the Board Members page.

Thanks to all the coaches and judges who have sent photos over the years and for allowing us to post them.


We had a fantastic and fun Holiday Express/ NAWGJ WA Judges Open this past weekend – thanks so much to Metropolitan Gymnastics for their great facility and the festive atmosphere!

Their generosity to WA judges is what helps keep our chapter of NAWGJ functioning! (Along with Gym East and the Candy Corn meet.) Thank them! We also thank all our volunteers and clubs who attended the meet.

(We are so glad to have Chrystal Lofton back in WA – cute outfit. We also had judges who are testing up get in a bit of practice judging with Patty Ames.)




Karen Wisen Oct. 20, 1944-April 28, 2014

Congratulations to Pam Cays – WOA High School Judge of the Year!!

Congratulations to judge Mandy Tommervick and Josh Eldredge on their recent marriage!

Laurel Tindal in the news: read more

Corine Olsen - WA's Smiley Judge - We miss you!Touching tribute to SPU alumni and WA judge, Corine Olsen watch


Fantastic showing for two Washington Junior Elite gymnasts at the P&G:
National Team Member – Jordan Chiles, Naydenov;
4 AA; 3 VT; 21T UB; 10T BB; 3T FX.
Shilese Jones, AGC; 20 AA; 12 VT; 20 UB; 33 BB; 14 FX.

Atlanta – great host for the NAWGJ Symposium – thanks to those southern ladies and their hospitality! Pecan Pie Muffins recipe.


Lee Bjella (9 minute video on YouTube)

Congratulations to Genie McElroy, Oregon, for induction into NAWGJ Life Membership at the Symposium and to Myra Elfenbein into the NAWGJ Hall of Fame! (Myra is a part-time resident of WA.)

Fantastic Symposium – we will be sharing what we learned in the next few weeks – with posts to this website page.
You can check out a little of the history of NAWGJ at this site
it is in the formative stage and many judges and founders of NAWGJ will be submitting stories and memories in the near future.



WA Hall of Fame Inductees for 2014 – Cathy Sutherland and Catherine Williams Kadera




Oct. 11 Board Meeting Agenda
1. Welcome to new board members
2. Budget Proposal
3. Candy Corn and Holiday Express
4. Assigner Report
5. NJC
6. New Business

Dawn Kiss at 2014 Fall State


Sorry Laurel – us oldies all had to wear those stupid leos, footies, and hairdo’s…..WA judge/SPU and FGC coach Laurel Anderson Tindall video

Local Judges in the National Spotlight: 2014

Denise Green – presenting at the NAWGJ Symposium

Dianne Palmer – presenting at USAG Congress

Laurie Reid – presenting at USAG Congress

Linda Mulvihill from OR – presenting at USAG Congress


2014 NAWGJWA Survey Results


Summer 2014: Congratulations to Earla Reed and Robert Weisberg on their marriage!

Congratulations to our new NAWGJ WA Board Members 2014-2016 (All ran unapposed so no election is necessary)
Dianne Palmer – East Rep
Pier Hansen – South Rep, membership
Patty Ames – North/Central Rep/West New Judges Rep
Pam Harper – East New Judges Rep
Michelle Ripple – Assigner
Laurel Tindal – Judge/Coach Liaison – appointed, no vote

Here’s a blast from the past – region 2 judges after the Elite course, 1989

Top row L to R: Cindy Lord, Ann Heppner, Marline Robins, Denise Green; Jackie Fie – instructor; Priscilla Hickey; Geni McElroy
Bottom row L to R; June Houghton, Laurel Tindall, Vad Woodside, Sam Sandmire, Laurie Reid, Donna Lucero, Ruth Sandoz:
photo from 1989 Nat’l Newsletter

Corine Frohm Olsen with that joyous great smile that she had for everyone!

NAWGJ member since 1999. She was a gymnast under Dale Shirley at AOG (Academy of Olympic Gymnastics)

Newport High School gymnast 1985-1988. SPU gymnast 1988-1992 under Laurel Tindall. All American Bars in 1990 and 1991. MVP 1991. Member of the SPU Gymnastics National Team Champions in 1992. Coached Newport High 1993-1995. 1st State Championship for Newport in 1994. Started judging in 1991. Married Darin and was the mother of four. USAG WA Compulsory Judge of the Year 2006and 2007.

Nice looking bunch! WA XCEL State Meet Judges – 2014


NCAA Regionals: Local Gymnast ties for first on Uneven Bars and Qualifies to Nationals. (Boise States Junior Kelsey Morris, LEGA, at the Seattle Regionals) read more

The Washington State Gymnastics Coaches Association (High School) inducted Earla Reed into the Hall of Fame, Feb. 21st. Please congratulate Earla as only the second Washington official to be given this honor!

SPU – 4 events – 4 National Champs!

Sophomore Maria Hundley, VT, BB and tie for UB: Kai Tindall (she is also a WA judge) tie FX.
SPU Advances to the final four in Providence, RI. 3rd place finish!
Nice Article on SPU’s head coach Laurel Tindall and daughter Kai – as they finish up Kai’s senior year at Nationals.

Washington Level 9 Judge Kai Tindall’s USAG National Collegiate Floor Championship routine click here

Happy Washington Judges – Go Seahawks!



Washington wins – again!- the Level 8 Regional State Team Challenge.(Pictured: Emilie Henningsen, Mya Lauzon, Maya Ford, Ashley Yang, Miyeko Johnson, Salima Mayanja, Karlei Shearer, Amanda Zeng.)

2014 WA Level 7 NJC Team -10th out of 18 teams.


Fantastic Judges Cup/Holiday Express Meet at Metropolitan Gymnastics

Our Washington National Judges Cup Level 7 team consists of: Morgan Pache, Olivia Hartzel, Ellie Talius, Allison Chen, Lauren Quane all of Emerald City Gymnastics, and Maya Mandyam, Gym East.

NAWGJWA would like to thank our sponsors of our Level 7 NJC Team- which was chosen at the Holiday Express Meet. Allied Construction Associates, Everett; Everett Vacuum Sales and Service; Invantê Salon and Spa, Everett and DareDevils Activewear, Kirkland.

Snohomish County’s Sports Hall of Fame inducts Brett McClure.

Brett McClure of Mill Creek, who won a silver medal in gymnastics at the 2004 Olympic Games, said he was “honored and humbled” to be part of this year’s (Snohomish County) Hall of Fame class.

“To be named in the same breath with (the other inductees) is absolutely amazing,” he said. “When I got the phone call that they wanted to induct me into the Snohomish County Hall of Fame, I knew I had to do everything I could to get out here and be a part of this event.” (From the Snohomish County Herald)



Janine, Laurel, Denise, Tracy, Pam C

Kim T, Tricia, Barb, Tom, Becky, Katy

Hollie, Dianne, Pam H

Aug 24th test takers in Kennewick – they were smiling after the test!!




NAWGJWA BOARD MEETING: Oct.12, at Candy Corn Meet
Agenda: Budget Proposal for 2014
Sponsorship for Level 7 team to NJC
Assigning report

Aug., 2013 – Your Region 2 SJD’s and RJD this past weekend at the National NAWGJ SJD/RDJ and National Board Meeting. (back row: Kaitlin Tallman, AK; Lee; Lynn McCaffrey, OR; Deatrich Sheffield AK; front row: Patty Walkabout, HI; Jeanine Henneford, MT; Ann Heppner, RJD-OR; Denise; Kelly Riley, ID)

Denise Green Hall of Fame 2013 USAG WA

Denise Green received her 2012 plaque for the USAG WA Hall of Fame

study session

Study session at the state clinic

Master Workshop in Reno, Nevada was incredible. Good job to all the presenters including our own Laurie Reid! (And Linda Mulvihill, OR.) Washington State was well represented by around 20 clubs and also judges Laurel and Kai Tindall, Lee Bjella, Christy Sawhill, Jan Urfer, Nola Ayres, and future judge Jill Stoddart, who will be testing this season. Pam Cays attended the Orlando Workshop.

It was a great learning weekend for level 10 and above judges in Region 2 at the Memorial Weekend study session in Kelso, WA. We had over 40 judges attend from every state in the region.



Melanie Roach’s book Lift: Enjoying the Journey of Life.All proceeds go to Jacoby Miles Fund. order


Judge in training Mia Alverez – senior at Highline High School – Mia is doing her Senior Project (Culminating Exhibition) on Gymnastics Judging. (Aloha Invitational meet at Falcons.)

Congrats to Washington State’s Level 8 Team – they won the State Challenge – again! – at Regionals.
Grace Johnson, ECG; Donna Webster, Natalie Reid and Jaya Cannady, CEG; Madeleine Pickett and Alexandria Tate, ACG; Jennifer Powers and Celinda Sewell, LEGA

Self Reflection – Are you a Bully or Being Bullied?

Snohomish Native – Kelsey Morris, BSU gymnast – article from Everett Herald.

High School Judges – interesting article on local WA girl. read more

WA Level 7 Team at NJC- 10th out of 21 teams – Thanks ladies!

Great leo’s Tammy!

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Congratulations to the Level 7 WA Team: five gymnasts from Emerald City- Maya Ford, Audrey Arnold, Anna Parchman, Katie Lymberis and Gabrielle Quinn, and Ashley Pritchard from Gym East.

We appreciate Metropolitan Gymnastics for co-hosting this meet with us, and for all the clubs who participated!

Thanks to Dean and Laurel for entertaining outfits!


Earla is always ready for a holiday!


DEC. 7th, Metropolitan Gymnastics
Proposed budget for 2013
Budget report


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Here is something very cool – Coach David Mackey from Gymnastics Unlimited has an incredibly talented step-daughter. Think fingerpainting – no not your 5 years old’s type. Think it and then click this link to see something you won’t believe!~

Congrats to Nola Ayres who was given an award for Regional Volunteer of the Year for her many hours dedicated to the Pac Rim championships. She was honored this past weekend at the High Tech Camp in Beaverton, OR.

OCT. 14
Fantastic judges cup this weekend co-hosted with Gym East – Candy Corn Classic!
Thanks to Kim Thomson and her staff and parents, and to all the judges who volunteered – especially the judges who came from Eastern WA, and to those judges who worked all five sessions. Saturdays 4 judge panels were great and Kim got good feedback. Tom Koll wanted the message sent to the judges that he loved the positive way the judges interacted with the gymnasts. Thanks everyone!!
Denise and Lee and your NAWGJWA board.

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Everett, WA – Pac Rim Championships

Congrats to UW for a great Regional NCAA meet and for placing 3rd – also congrats to Sophomore Aliza Vaccher with a 1st on Vault and 4th AA and qualifying to Nationals for the second straight year.

Baely Rowe, AGC, takes 7th place at the Nastia Liukin Cup, March 2 in New York. Good work Baely!

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2012 WA State Level 7 Team and coaches. The girls competed at the NAWGJ National Judges Cup in Indianapolis this past weekend. They placed 13th (The team was chosen at the Holiday Express Critique meet – which is the WA state judges open meet.)
(Nicole Jas, Emerald City Gymnastics;
Ashleigh Helms, Gymnastics East;
Kaysha Walford, Northwest Aerials;
Makayla Hui, All American; Rachel Cooke, All American;
Maya Ford, Emerald City Gymnastics)



Congrats to former Washington gymnast Jen Kessler (Gym East) who placed 2nd on bars at NCAA Nationals!

Congrats to SPU for 4th place at USAG Collegiate Nationals. Local girls Anissa Madrid took 2nd place on beam and Corinne Wise 3rd place beam. (Both are former Metropolitan Gymnastics athletes) (Sam Taylor 5th on bars and Bri Steigauf tied for 5th on floor.) Nationals were held at Air Force.

Also of note: Dana Bonincontri, former Gym East gymnast also qualified for USAG College Nationals and was in finals for U of Penn and tied for 3rd place on bars and tied for 5th on floor. Dana also competed at NCAA Regionals this year.

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How The Judges Score You In A Gymnastics Meet by Regan Krueger, level 5 gymnast at LEGA
“I have been competing in gymnastics for about five years now…The judges have to sit there all day and you want to keep them in a good mood. So you should put a smile on your face while doing the routine to get a few tenths back….” Read More

Watch this clip for an example of a class act. Just prior to the start of the Air Force-BYU football game, Sept. 22, 2009, this video was broadcast in the BYU stadium in Provo, Utah.

Holiday Express:
Thanks to everyone, Yulia, Metro staff and parents, judges, coaches, teams – for making this year’s Holiday Express/Kay Canedy meet a great success!

Congratulations to our WA Level 7 team who took 8th place in Phoenix at the National Judges Cup. Good effort girls – there were a lot of teams this year! Washington State Team – Hanna Loung, Alaina Pier, Samantha Smith, Shilese Jones, Natalie Reid, Sidney Brown

CONGRATULATIONS TO MARGE EILERS -High School -Washington State Gymnastics Coaching Association 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee!!

Donna Lucero

Congratulations to Donna Lucero who was inducted into the WOA Hall of Fame in Yakima on Aug 7th.

NAWGJ Symposium
held in the Chicago area July 15-17. Region 2 was well represented. Missing from this photo are Katy Tavog and Pam Lovett. (Cindy Lord – how do you keep popping up in Region 2 photos!?)

NAWGJ Symposium Region 2 judges

Dean, Susan and Kathy

YO! Looking good Dean! (With Susan Okazaki and Kathy Lucero Adams from way back!)





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Our Washington State Level 7 team did great at the National Judges Cup. Out of 20 teams, they took 3rd place! And Jada Czysz-Deboer took first AA. Great job WA! (NorCal won, and PA crept into 2nd at the last event.)

Here is our 2010 WA State Level 7 Team that went to the National Judges Cup! Congrats to the girls! Jillian, Rikki, Sam, Jada, Kayla, and Alexis representing AGC, LEGA, ECGA and Gym East.

Product DetailsWashington’s Jim Holt has written a book – read about it.

Jeffrey Otto Ronberg

January 22, 1967 – November 20, 2009
In Loving Memory

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Article on Washington gymnast Destinee Davis in International Gymnast.

Winter 2008-09







GREAT Critique Meet/Clinic. Thanks to Tom Koll for a fantastic opportunity to learn!
Thanks Nola for your many hours of hard work, and to Kim Thompson and the staff and parents at Gym East for a superior meet.

Donna Lucero Hall of Fame 2008Donna Lucero was inducted into the USAG Washington Hall of Fame at the 2008 State Clinic – congratulations Donna!
USAG WA Award Winners


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