Nor Cal Memorial Pages


NorCal Memorials Site

This is a page dedicated to the memories of those in the gymnastics community who have passed away in Northern California

Pink Meet 2022


  • Saturday-Sunday, October 1-2, 2022
  • Hosted by and at Bay Aerials, Fremont

Stars Challenge 2022



  • September 23-25, 2022
  • Hosted by Pacific West Gymnastics
  • Venue: Red Morton Community Center, Redwood City

Novato Fall Classic 2022


  • September 25-26, 2022
  • Hosted by and at Novato Gymnastics, Novato
  • 2022 Region 1 College Showcase


    • Saturday - Sunday October 15-16, 2022
    • Venue: Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
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NCWGA (NorCal)

The Northern California Women's Gymnastics Association is an organization of gymnastics clubs that works in conjunction with USA Gymnastics to promote and oversee gymnastics in Northern California.

USA Gymnastics SAC/NorCal

USA Gymnastics is the governing body of gymnastics for the United States.  The State Administrative Committee (SAC)  NorCal is the committee that makes sure all rules are followed in qualifying and competitions.

National Gymnastics Association

National Gymnastics Association (NGA) is an organization for competitive gymnastics that focuses on the grass roots levels of gymnastics.  NCWGA monitors qualification to meets and makes sure all rules are followed.


NorCal Memorial Web Site

In Fond and Loving Memory to those who NorCal has lost over the years.


  • Bill Glover...Our founding member who started West Valley Gymnastics School in the seventies.

  • Don Nelson...Coach of Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, assistant coach of Stanford University, and AAI Dealer for many years.

  • Yvonne Benny...Judge who was loved by all who judged for the love of the sport.

  • Holly Balber-Kemp...An accomplished Level 10 gymnast of Clovis Academy of gymnastics who inspired by example.

  • James Wallace...Coach of several NorCal clubs who always strived to make gymnastics fun.

  • Alan Stein...Coach and owner of Tri-Valley Gymnastics who touched so many with his wonderful heart.

  • Paul Hausladen...Head coach of Redwood Empire Gymnastics whose gymnasts, through his guidance,  learned to enjoy the sport of gymnastics

  • Bridgette Clement...A brand new Level 7 gymnast at Gymtowne Gymnastics who inspired everyone around her through her dedication, hard work, and the amazing ability to make each of her peers feel as if they where her very best friend in the entire world.

  • Kazuki Nakamori...Kazuki coached gymnastics at Stanford University's club program for over a decade.  He was the head coach of the 2002 Pacific Alliance junior team and for the past year and a half was coaching at Golden Bear Gymnastics, UC Berkeley's club program.  He was currently coaching two junior national team members and preparing his entire team for the Junior Olympic National Championships in May.  Kazuki also has coached international competitions and training camps.

  • Kristina Martinez...Former gymnast and current coach of USA Elite Gymnastics of Modesto.

  • Erin Kinkel...of Gilroy High School's Varsity Gymnastics Team was tragically killed in an automobile accident on August 1, 2004.  Erin was a leader on her team who spent her spare time teaching tumbling to young children.

  • Jeanette Quisenberry...compulsory coach at Tri-Valley Gymnastics passed away early Monday afternoon September 6, 2004, unexpectedly.  Jeanette has been coaching here for the past four years and has been part of Nor-Cal for the past 10 years.  Tri-Valley Gymnastics will be holding an informal gathering to share our memories and celebrate her life on Friday, September 17th at 6pm.  Jeanette is survived by her infant daughter Kylie, her son Christian, and her partner Paul.  Tri-Valley Gymnastics has established the Jeanette Quisenberry 

  • Nils Bengtsson...coached for over well over 50 years.   Nils coached boys gymnastics in San Jose at West Coast Academy and then at California Gymnastics Center (which is now California Sports Center).  Many of his athletes competed nationally and internationally.   Nils passed away on September 26, 2005.

  • Shelley Baker...Shelley was the owner and coach of Madera Gymnastics in Madera, California for 13 years; a Level 10 judge, and a retired Sports Acro Competitor.

  • Catherine "Cate" Fisher...Catherine  "Cate" Fisher, one the the younger coaches at Menlo Park Gymnastics died tragically in July of 2011

  • Hiroshi Fujimoto...Hiroshi was the owner and coach of Monterey Peninsula Gymnastics for nearly 40 years.  He served for years as our Men's State and Regional Director.

  • Al Reilly...Al coached at Sunnyvale Gymnastics Club for 34 years mostly in the role of head coach.  He was also an avid surfer who surfed almost every morning that Mother Nature would allow.

  • Eli Rodriguez...Eli coached with his wife Debbie for years at Byers, Sacramento which became Byers Elk Grove and finally Elevate.  He coached numerous outstanding Level 10 and Elite athletes over the years and pushed NorCal to a higher level!

We will be adding pages and expanding these descriptions as pictures and memory statements come in.  Please inform me of individuals we have missed and send any thoughts, pictures, and/or video clips to

Nils Bengtsson
Jeanette Quisenberry
Erin Kinkel
Kristina Martinez

Bridgette Clement


Shelley Baker

Al Reilly

Cate Fisher

Hiroshi Fujimoto


Eli Rodriguez

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