Biography: DAVIDSON-JOHNSON, Bonnie


Inducted: 2003
Born: Not Available

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Ms. Davidson is truly a business person and sports personality from local to international levels.  In 1977, she owned and operated the only USA gymnastics-training center in Rockford, IL.  By 1982, Bonnie attracted more than 600 athletes from 15 different countries to Rockford to compete in the World Acro Games. She also brought national championships to Rockford from three different organizations. She is a “Go To” person having served gymnastics in many categories.

USA Team Manager/Judge//Coach/chaperone/Head of Delegation-Gymnastics, Tumbling, & Trampoline

World Championships: Sydney, Australia (1998); Vancouver, BC, Canada (1996); Oporto, Portugal (1994); Auckland, New Zealand (1992); Essen, Germany (1990); Trampoline & Tumbling, Paris, France (1986); Osaka, Japan (1984); Bozeman, Montana (1982); Brig, Switzerland (1980); Tulsa, OK (1976) World Cup: Frankfurt, Germany (1994); Sports Acrobatics, Beijing, China (1985); Sports Acrobatics, Rennes, France (1986). World Games: The Hague, Netherlands (1993); General: USA/South Africa/Switzerland, South Africa (1989); Nissen Cup, Geneva, Switzerland (1989); European Championships, Braga, Portugal (1987); World Championships, USA vs. South Africa, Trampoline & Tumbling (1985); Friendship Cup-Sports Acrobatics, Sofia, Bulgaria (1984); USA vs. South Africa, Tramp. & Tumbling (1981 & 1983); Sports Positions: USOC-Board of Directors; USA Gymnastics-Board of Directors; International Judge-Federation of International Trampoline & Tumbling (FIT); US Sports Acrobatics Federation (USSAF)-Vice-President-10 Years & current Advisory Board Member; FIT-Technical Committee member, First woman elected to this position in 32 history of this European based Federation (1986-’97) & served as Medical Commission Member (1991-’97); International judge-International Federation of Sports Acrobatics (IFSA); USA Trampoline & Tumbling (USATT)-Board of Directors (1986-’96), USA National Tumbling Chairperson (1980’86), National Judges Association, Executive director (1970-’80), Delegate to FIT Congress (1976-1986).  Honors: Who’s Who of American Educators (2004), Who’s Who of American Women (2004), USA Gymnastics HOF (2003), Who’s Who in America, 54th Edition, FIT Honorary Lifetime Member (1998), USATT Honorary Lifetime Member (1997), USSAF’s Outstanding Contribution to the Sport Award (1995), USSAF Honorary Lifetime Member (1995), Who’s Who in the World, 11th Ed. (1993), Who’s Who in the Midwest, 23rd Ed. (1992); Who’s Who in Gymnastics (1991), USATT Master of Sport-Highest Coaching Award, (1989), & Outstanding Contribution to the Sport Award (1987), IGHOF Founding member (1985), & USATT Coach of the Year (1980). Organizing Committees: FIT World Cup, Orlando, FL (1997); USSAF National Championships, Rockford, IL (1995); Indo-Pacific Trampoline & Tumbling Championships, San Diego, CA (1993); World Trampoline & Tumbling Championships, Birmingham. AL (1988); World Age-Group Games, Lubbock, TX (1988); ATTA National Championships, Rockford, IL (1987); World Cup, Sports Acrobatics, Baton Rouge, LA (1987); AAU Jr. Olympic National Championships, Rockford, IL (1983); World Cup, sports Acrobatics, Cedar Rapids, IO (1983); World Trampoline & Tumbling Championships, Bozeman, MT (1982); Meet Director, (15 countries participated) World Acro Games, Rockford, IL (1982). Community & Civic Involvement: Bonnie is fully involved in community service organizations such as “On Angel’s Wings” as a Board Member. She has been honored for service to the local YWCA, spoken at service clubs such as Rotary and Lions as well as lecturing on topics like educational psychology, early childhood education, and many aspects of operating a successful gymnastic school where her experiences in founding the Gymnastic Academy of Rockford in 1977 have given her well earned experience.  Bonnie would say that while she has credentials in coaching, she considers business and sports management, safety, and customer service to be her main areas of expertise. Family: m. James A. Johnson. Born: March,12,1945. Two daughters. Five grandchildren. Website:

Sources: Davidson’s personal resume and interviews with Davidson. Introductiion, commentary, and formatting by Larry Banner, Web Manager.

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