On Sunday November 25, 2018 at 3:30am, Paul Tickenoff passed away. He had been battling ALS for a couple of years. While ALS may have taken his life, it never took his spirit!
Paul was not only a highly respected judge in Southern California and Region 1, but also across the entire country. In addition to being a judge, he was also a Region 1 Chairman. Throughout his life, Paul has done many many things.
Paul will be truly missed by everyone.
October 19, 1948 - November 25, 2018
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US National Team Member for Four Years.
1969 Cup of the Americas - Mexico City: 3rd AA, 1st place Team. 1970 World University Games - Turin, Italy: 14th AA. 3rd place Team. 1970 World Championship Team – 2nd place qualifier.
Competed for one year at the University of New Mexico and three years at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, which included the following honors:
1970 NCAA Div II Championships: Four Indiv. Golds, 1st Place Team.
1970 NAIA National Championships: 2nd All Around, 1st Place Team
1971 NCAA Div I Championships: All American on five events, 3rd Place Team 1971 Nissen Award Nominee and listed in “Who’s Who” of College Students.
1978 – 1980: Two, top-three team finishes and one first-place team at Senior AAU National Championships.
1979 – 1984: Head Coach for Athletes in Action, bringing gymnasts from around the country in a common bond of ministry to train together and compete.
1980: Director for “Gymnastics Spectacular” at the Anaheim Convention
Center, starring Kurt Thomas.
1982 – 2000: Ran “The Gym Mobile” gym school, which provided
instruction at over 100 schools and venues.
1968: High School Judging Certification
1972 – Present: National Certification
1980 – 2012: FIG “Brevet” International Certification
1986 – Present: Board Member for the SCGJA: Served a variety of roles, including: Secretary, President, Assignment Chair, and currently Education Chair.
Awarded the NGJA Regional Judge of the Year and Southern California Judge of the Year multiple times.
Since 1974, Paul has judged 15+ gymnastics competitions annually, across many levels (USA Gymnastics Juniors/Seniors, NCAA, and Special Olympics). His experience spans local competitions to national championship events. His international judging assignments include: Chunichi Cup, Tokyo World Sports Fair; Pacific Alliance Championships, a China-Russia-USA competition, 2008 Pacific Rim Championships, and the 2009 African Championships.
Throughout his career, Paul has volunteered for and organized hundreds of clinics and workshops to aid development of gymnastics coaches and athletes. He has served as a technical director or liaison on numerous regional and national committees that sought to refine the coaching and judging of the sport. Much of that work was unpaid and the SCGJA and the sport of gymnastics will always be indebted to Paul for his tireless effort, and his kindness.
National Gymnastics Judges Association Hall of Fame Bio
Region 1 Hiroshi Fujimoto Award Bio