This page includes the athletes, coaches, and supporters who distinguished themselves with outstanding performances, incredible contributions and set a standard for support of the coaches and athletes of the North American Sports Academy.
#1 Female Gymnast
1981-1983 is considered one of the finest Uneven Bar performers and most incredible dancers to ever train at NASA Gymnastics. Her amazing strength and incredible swing on bars was beyond the peers of her era. Her flexibility, creativity and power of leaps and jumps remain the standards by which all NASA gymnasts are compared. She performed difficult skills on every event including a Jantz flip on bars, Aerial Cartwheels in both directons on Beam, Double Full twists on Floor and Multiple Twisting skills on Vault. All the while performing high level diffiiculty for her era, she made her routines appear to be effortless due to her passion for exceptional technique.
#2 Debbie Bajema: 1986 Moscow, Russia- Goodwill Games Training Camp participant. Mastered dance extension, flexibility, and dynamic strength and won numerous invitaionals during the mid '80's. Was most exceptional on Beam and Floor and won state titles during her career. Became an outstanding coach and is currently a professor at Western Washington University.
#3 Lindsey Lauderdale: 1992 USAIGC National All Around Champion, 1992 USAIGC National Floor Champion, Pacific NW Regional All Around Champion and Floor, Beam and Bar Champion. Was a phenominal tumbler, bar swinger and vaulter with her greatest gifts being on display when she danced her championship beam and floor routines. First NASA Gymnast to perform HS Front Salto Rudy out 1993. 1993 Washington All Stars VS Montana All Stars competition, Vault Champion HS Double Twist, Beam Champion and All Around Champion- Team Champions as well.
#4 Tiffani White: 1992 USAG National Team Member TOP's Program, 1993 Level 9 National Qualifier, 1993 Qualified to Elite, 1993 Elite Regional All Around Champion, 1994 USAG National Team Member Junior National Elite, 1995 USAIGC National Floor Champion 1995 USAIGC National All Around Champion Runner-Up, 1996 COPA International Invitational Team Champion, 1996 U.S. Olympic Team Tour- Guest Performer Floor Exercise, 1997 1996 U.S. Olympic Team Tour- Guest Performer Balance Beam.
First Gymnast to perform Whip Back to Triple Back Pike Salto on Tumble Trak. First Gymnast to perform 1 1/2 twist giant into Pike Jaeger 1997.
#5 Hali Saucier-1994 Goodwill Games St. Petersburg, Russia Closing Ceremonies Participant, '94 Russia- GWG Training Camp with Olympic Champion Elena Shushanova, USA Gymnastic 3 Time National Team Member 1995,'96, '97 TOP's Program 1998 TOP's Elite U.S. Classic All Around Champion, Balance Beam Champion, Vault Champion, Beam Champion Runner Up. 1997 First Gymnast in Pacific North West to perform German Giant on Uneven Bars. First female gymnast in Pacific NW to perform Whip Back to TRIPLE BACK SALTO on Tumble Trak 1997. First Gymnast in Pacific NW to perform Invert Giant 1997.
#6 Mackenzie McIntyre-1994 Goodwill Games St. Petersburg, Russia Closing Ceremonies Participant, '94 Russia- GWG Training Camp with Olympic Champion Elena Shushanova,1997 USA Gymnastics National Team Member TOP's Program, 1997 USAG Region 2 Uneven Bar Champion, 1998 TOP's Elite US Classic Uneven Bar Bronze Medallist, 1998 First Gymnast in Pacific NW History to Dorsal Grip-Eagle Giant, First Gymnast to Perform 1/2 Ono, Full Ono, Dorsal Endo, Dorsal Endo into Full Ono, First Gymnast to perform whip back to 3 1/2 twist punch front salto on tumble trak, First NASA Gymnast to perform bar dismount double full in layout out at 1997 NAAG Camp of Champions.
#1 Male Gymnast
Ryan Ferguson- 1982-1988
First Pacific NW Champion for NASA Gymnastics. 1986 Region 2 Floor Exercise Champion, whose strength, flexibility and attention to detail gained him recognition and championship titles across the Pacific NW and British Columbia. Ryan trained with NASA for 6 years before going on to a highly successful Football career at Curtis High School where he contributed to "back to back" State Championship titles. Coach Ferguson is currently a High School Football and track coach and resides in the Tri-Cities of Washington with his wife. His amazing press to handstand- from a pancake position straight arm, straight body straddle press, through Planche to Handstand was highly memorable. That strength at 10 years old continued to develop and made him one of the strongest young gymnasts in the Pacific NW. He would take his strength, flexibility, coordination, attention to detail, listening skills and incredible work ethic into his Football career where he would have another amazing sports career.
#2 Dennis Harris
Pacific NW Champion Parallel Bars. Was one of the finest tumblers, and strongest Ring men to ever compete for NASA Gymnastics. Dennis came to NASA as a 17 year old street tumbler from Chicago. He had learned a Roundoff, BHS Back Layout on the asphalt streets of Chi-Town. Dennis mastered the All Around in two years and became an outstanding Vaulter, gifted on the Floor Exercise, amazing P Bar Swinger, and Lord of the Rings at NASA. He competed at the University of BC and won titles on Rings and Floor and his ever present smile when he was not competing, made him one of the most popular gymnasts of his era. The Lord took him home early due to a sudden illness in the early 2000's. He will always be remembered by his coaches, team mates and fans who saw him compete.
#3 Bjorn Wanwig: The top All Around gymnast of his Era. Bjorn started young in gymnastics at age 2 and went on to learn incredible skills over the next 11 years. Bjorn would learn double backs on rings, and tumbling, and would master back saltos with full twists, giants on the parallel bars, giants on the rings and press handstands from a V on the Rings and from full splits on the floor exercise. It was Bjorn's form and attention to detail which helped him to surpass his opponents. His shoulder and leg flexibility combined with exceptional strength led him to 3 PNW All Around titles and numerous individual event titles. Bjorn was selected to the Olympic Development Team for young men ages 11 and 12.
#4 Andrew Davis: One of the most outstanding gymnasts in NASA gymnastics history. Andrew was an incredible swinger on High Bar, Rings and Parallel Bars. His flexibility was outstanding and his effort to learn the newest and most difficult skills was legendary. What ever meet he was competing in was a new opportunity to befriend gymnasts from that area of the country. When the meet was over, Andrew would have 5 new friends from other gyms, other cities or other countries. Andrews strength at an early age was beyond the norm due to his effort in conditioning. He was the first gymnast in his group which consisted of Wanwig, Dorman, and Matt Lemon to perform an L Cross on the Still Rings. Andrew also developed a very nice double twist salto on Floor, and beautiful giants on the Rings all before age 13. Andrew would battle at competitions with his team mate Taft as they were in the same age group since their earliest competitions and most meets came down to # 1 and #2 with Andrew and Taft. Both earned gymnastic Scholarships to Michigan State University, where Andrew graduated from as an Engineer. They remain lifelong friends to this day. One of his most outstanding skills from his career was the development and performance of the Vault Handspring Double Front, which remains a 2010 standard at the Olympic level of competition.
#5 Taft Dorman: The finest male technical gymnast in the first 15 year history of the boys gymnastics at NASA. Taft was blessed physically by two parents who were smaller than average, which helped him immensely. He was physically well proportioned for a gymnast, and developed his strength and flexibility beyond all of the peers of his in the Pacific NW. Taft eventually became one of the strongest gymnasts to EVER compete in men's gymnastics in the Pacific NW. Taft won several PNW Jr Olympic All Around titles and numerous individual event titles. He also won the All Around and several events at the inaugural Peter Vidmar Invitational in Los Angeles, CA, and virtually every invitational he competed in while training at NASA Gymnastics. Taft was chosen for the Olympic Development Team for young men ages 11 and 12 in 1993 and he amazed the National Coaching staff while training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Taft was the strongest gymnast of all 20 gymnasts who had been chosen for the team. There were a number of high level gymnasts who went on to compete in the US Championships, World Championships and Olympics after their time with Taft at the Olympic training center including Olympic AA Champion Paul Hamm, Morgan Hamm, Brett McClure, Olympic Silver Medalist Raj Bahvsar. Taft Dorman's focus on form, technique and excellence led him to a gymnastics scholarship at Michigan State University.
#1 Linda Smith- Coach Linda began choreographing routines for the gymnasts of NASA Gymnastics in 1983 and virtually every year since then, a state championhip on Floor Exercise or Balance Beam has been earned. Her ability to recognize the individual assets that each gymnast possesses and enhance those qualities in motion, movements and dance skills has earned her gymnasts International Championship, National Championship and Pacific NW Championship titles. Coach Linda is considered by many, to be one of the finest dance coaches in the USA.
#2 Liao Run Tien- Coach Liao worked with the NASA Boy's Team program in the mid 90's and his leadership and Chinese technique helped both the boys and girls teams to higher levels. Liao, who was a 3 time National Ring Champion for the Peoples Republic of China and an All Around National Champion and is still considered by many to be one of the finest men's developmental coaches to ever coach in America.
#3 Wu Hua Rong- Coach Wu is a former National Team coach from China who came to NASA and worked for 3 years to build a strong developmental program. From her efforts in the pre-team, level 3, 4 and 5 groups, were developed many state and Pacific NW Champions. Coach Wu had a wonderful, sweet style of training, which led her gymnasts to high quality performances. Wu is the wife of coach Liao. Both are currently residing in their home town just outside of Beijing, China.
Supporters- Those whose volunteer efforts enabled the athletes and coaches to achieve their goals in training and competition.
#1 Charles Pfarr- The first president of the North American Gymnastic Boosters. He set the standard and groundwork for establishing the NAGB and supporting the athletes and coaches of the North American Sports Academy. Mr. Pfarr, was a retired board member of a major hotel chain in the U.S. and he brought a high level of integrity and organization to the 501C3 NAGB, which was established in the early '80's. Without his wisdom, kindness, and people skills, the NAGB would never have been established.
#2 Chuck Ferguson: Was one of the first men who stepped up to help lead the booster men whenever there was something that needed to be done at the gymnastics facility. Chuck could always be counted on to lead by example and motivate others to have fun while networking with all of the others in the gym. He was respected by his peers in the booster club and appreciated by the coaches and gymnasts for all he did to make sure the gym was running smoothly. Chuck is one of those people who can be counted on, ANYTIME something needs to get done. Call 1-800 Chuck!
#3 Ann Wanwig- One of the kindest and most beloved boosters of all time. Ann helped raise the understanding that "We are ALL in this together" within the booster club. Her years of dedication to the boys and girls team programs were some of the most productive and successful in the history of NASA Gymnastics. Ann would host "NAGB get togethers" at her home in the forest of Gig Harbor, and all the boosters would arrive on time and with an appetite. Ann encouraged everyone to support "All the members in the club" as a means of generating support for every gymnast in the program. Her positive example and leadership, led to some of the most prosperous and enjoyable eras in NAGB history. Her first initial A for Ann is the first letter of the ANJL award which is presented annually to the most supportive parent in the NAGB.
#4 Jim Lauderdale-Outstanding leader, enthusiastic recruiter, negotiator extraordinare, friend to all, and jack of all trades. Jim was able to cross all cultural and economic barriers when he dealt with families and businesses and fundraising. He could help folks he was communicating with to understand his love for gymnastics and help each person to share in his vision. Jim had been a former gymnast in Junior College and as a man in his 40's he began training again and eventually was able to compete in the Peace Arch Games in the mid 90's. Jim won Gold, Silver and Bronze Individual event medals in the competition and put an exclamation point on his athletic career. With a very special Pommel Horse routine! Jim made everyone feel at home while they made plans for upcoming fund raising events, and he attended virtually every competition and gymnastics related event hosted by NASA. He could make judges feel at ease, and help mend bridges when needed. Jim Lauderdale was an outstanding ambassador for the NAGB.
His first initial J is part of the ANJL award presented to the ANGEL of the booster club, who supports the team and club the most!
#5 Nancy Josue: The engine who could. Nancy served in virtually every position in the NAGB and made sure everything was done to her standard, which was pretty high. The standard of excellence which she desired and performed herself, was hard to keep up with but, most members were motivated by her goals and the NAGB flourished in her years on the board. Nancy's wittiness and strong sense of direction helped the NAGB to stay on course and experience some of the greatest growth in the history of the club. Her first initial N is part of the ANJL (ANGEL) award presented each year.
#6 Larry Minnitti- The man who could do anything. Larry was the master builder, electrician, plumber, fund raiser, bridge builder, supporter, encourager, gymnastics fan, and world traveler. Larry went to Russia in 1994 and had the absolute time of his life as he walked around the track at Kirov stadium while he PARTICIPATED in the closing ceremonies of the Goodwill Games. With his daughter Samantha on his shoulder, Larry was seen around the world by nearly 200 million people. Larry played such a vital roll in the NAGB prior to the trip to Russia, as the NAGB president and holding numerous other rolls on the board. He would find a way to help form a quorum when the final vote was needed to push ahead a project. Larry ALWAYS tried to the do best thing for the club and for the team. Larry was a team player who knew how to influence others to help them understand the big picture. When no one else was there to help, Larry would find a way to get the project done. One of the finest supporters of Junior Olympic Gymnastics is Larry Minitti. The first letter of his name is L and he is the final member of the ANJL or Angel award club founding member.
#7 Dylan McIntyre
#8 Carol Davis
#9 Mary Dorman
#10 Kevin Crowley