HIROSHI FUJIMOTO AWARD

This award is handed out each year at the Men’s Region 1 Championships.  The recipient of the award is a person in the Region who has given of himself/herself above and beyond other members of Region 1.  This award is in recognition of selflessness of the recipient in either the prior year, or in a cumulative basis throughout many years.  This award is the most prestigious award given to a member of our Region 1 Men’s Gymnastics community.  It reflects the dedication of that years’ recipient to the development, administration, vision and/or quality of men’s gymnastics in Region 1 in the spirit of Hiroshi Fujimoto’s contribution to our Region. 

 

2017 - PAUL TICKENOFF

2016 - LYNN BOMAN

2015 - DEBBIE BALDWIN

Paul Tickenoff is probably most known as a Judge (starting at 18 yrs old).  Since 1974, Paul has consistently judged 15-30 Age group, Special Olympic or NCAA meets per year.  Internationally, Paul has judged the Chunichi Cup; Tokyo World Sports Fair; Jr and Sr Pacific Alliance meets; and a China/Russia/USA meet.  Paul was an official for the 2008 Pacific Rim Championship, the 2009 African Championships & 2011 Tokyo World Cup.

 

Paul was also a high level gymnast, coach, and gym owner.  As a gymnast he was a US National team member for 4 years.  He was on the gold medal USA team at the 1969 Cup of the Americas in Mexico City (3rd in AA).  In 1970, he was a on the USA bronze medal team at the World University Games in Turin, Italy. 

 

As a coach he trained several gymnasts to National Championship Titles, 2 top-two team finishes, and 1 gold medal team title at the Senior AAU National Championships.  Paul has acted as owner/director and/or coach for gymnastics clubs, camp programs and his mobile gymnastics program (The Gym Mobile) that provided gymnastics instruction weekly to as many as105 schools from 1982-2000.  Over the years, Paul has participated and volunteered in numerous gymnastics workshops, clinics, and conferences as a technician, instructor and organizer for the continuing education of other gymnastics professionals.

 

Paul has served as the Meet Referee of our Region 1 Championships for over 15 years. He also served as our Region 1 Chairman (2011-2013)!

Debbie Baldwin began her gymnastics career in 1981 when she enrolled her 5 year old son into a gymnastics class for beginning boys.  Along the way, she found herself as a member of the Booster Club:  President, Secretary and Treasurer.  She was the proud mom of a college athlete when her son competed for Berkeley and is now is a coach at Stanford!  She married Roger Baldwin and they bought High Sierra Gymnastics and ran it for 10 years.  She assisted Roger when he was the Nevada State Chairman and now as the Region 1 Chairman.  She is the Region 1 Treasurer and Select Team Camp Coordinator.   Debbie has been involved in the hosting of many meets including the role of Co-Meet director for the Regionals in 2002, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015.  She was also the Co-Meet director for the JO Nationals in 2011 and 2014.  Debbie considers herself the “grandma” of the Region 1 athletes.   She has watched so many of them grow from young boys into amazing men.  Nothing makes her happier than running into her ex-Region 1 boys and hearing about their lives as adults.  She is passionate about the role that gymnastics can play in the lives of young children and their development as they grow.  She loves being involved with the kids, parents and coaches of this great Region!

2018 - ROGER BALDWIN

Roger is most known as the Chairman for Region 1. As one of the most successful Regional Chairman, under Roger, Region 1 won more Regional Team Championships than any other Region (including a sweep of all 3 teams in 2009)! Prior to serving as the Region 1 Chairman for the 12 years (doing an incredible job), Roger served as the Nevada State Chairman for 13 years. Together, with his wife Debbie, they started and directed the Select Team Camp, and in the summer of 2007 traveled over 20 Region 1 gymnasts to Japan!!

Roger Baldwin has been a Co-Meet Director for a number of large events including the 2011 & 2014 JO Nationals in Long Beach as well as the 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, & 2017 Regional’s. He has also volunteered his time at the 1995, 1999, 2002, & 2005 Regionals and at the 2002, 2004, & 2007 JO Nationals, as well as the 2003 World Championships!

Roger and Debbie owned High Sierra Gymnastics for 10 years and continue to work there under the current owner. Roger has recently retired as the Region 1 Chairman but continues to coach and judge.

Most notably, in 2009 Roger received the Frank Cumiskey Award (the highest award inMen’s Gymnastics)!