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Jola Jones

Class of 2014· Disciplines(s): Acrobatic· Inducted as: Lifetime Achievement

Jones has dedicated nearly 40 years to judging and administration for acrobatic gymnastics and judging for women’s gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling.

Jones became a judge for acrobatic gymnastics in 1985 when the discipline was governed by U.S. Sports Acrobatics, and a national judging clinician in 1992. She currently is a Brevet Category I judge, the highest level for acro, and continues to judge internationally for Team USA. Jones has judged every acro Junior Olympic National Championships, National Championships, and National Elite Qualifier, as well as more than 40 international events.

In 1990, she became the National Technical Committee chair and held that position through 2001, when U.S. Sports Acrobatics decided to merge with USA Gymnastics. With USA Gymnastics, she became the Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Committee chair and retained that position until 2005. During her time as the technical chair, Jones wrote articles and rules updates for the technical newsletter, and the curriculum and text she wrote for the Junior Olympic program served as the foundation for today’s Junior Olympic program.

In 2004, she received the Star Service Award, given for outstanding volunteer service and dedication. Three years later, she was the inaugural recipient of the Janet Von Bargen Award. She also is a nationally-rated judge for women’s gymnastics and a National Category 1 judge for trampoline and tumbling.