Judy has made such a positive impact on our state judging association, the sport of Women’s Gymnastics and Women’s athletics. Here is just a little bit of what this amazing woman has done for Women’s Gymnastics and Judging in the state of Colorado and throughout the U.S.
Graduate of CU with a BS in Physical Education.
Graduated from UNC with a MA in Physical Education.
Taught in public schools as a Physical Educator from 1962-1995, 32 years!
Judy was an active gymnastics judge for 45 years.
1968: Judy took the first every USGF rated judging exam. 1969: Started the Boulder Recreation Gymnastics Program. 1974: Helped with the creation of the National Association of Gymnastics Judges (NAWGJ) Judy served as the Region 3 first Regional Judging Director. 1976: Helped to host the first ever NAWGJ Judging Symposium in Boulder Colorado. 2014: Judy was given the NAWGJ Life Membership Award in Atlanta, GA at the NAWGJ Judges Symposium honoring its 40 year Anniversary.
Judy has judged many local, state, regional and national meets as well as AIAW and NCAA college meets. This and so much more, but Judy being the humble spirit that she is, this only a portion of her contributions. Judy has always represented Colorado and Colorado NAWGJ at the highest level of professionalism and integrity. Judy is a lifelong champion of Women’s athletics and Women’s Gymnastics Judges. A wonderful teacher and mentor to so many of us and for this we are truly thankful.
We would like to share just a small little snap shot of Joanne’s many accomplishments. Here we go!
Some of her education and gymnastics accomplishments...
Graduated from UNC with both a Bachelors and Masters in Physical Education.
Joanne started her teaching career at Adams City High School and finished at Skyline High School, for a total of 36 years as an Educator.
Joanne coached high school gymnastics for 18 years.
1967 Joanne became a judge so that she could become a better coach. Trying to understand what the “gals” were looking for. Little did she know this decision would take her on an amazing journey.
In the early 1970’s Joanne began her International Judging career at the Elite Level. She has judged...
The World Cup in China
The World Championships in 1985 and 1988
The 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea
Some of her NAWGJ accomplishments are...
Joanne was given the NAWGJ Life Membership Award in 2010 at NAWGJ Symposium in Itasca, Illinois, honoring her and her many contributions to NAWGJ.
Joanne also judged numerous local, state, regional, and national age group meets.
Joanne was the first NAWGJ National Secretary and along with Judy Bodman helped to host the first ever NAWGJ Symposium in Boulder Colorado in 1976.
Joanne emits integrity in her personal, professional and gymnastics life. She does this with a bit of sparkle and flair as only Joanne can! Always the educator and more than that willing to share and mentor other judges along the way to helping the next generation, for this we truly Thank You!