Thursday, 8 April 2010

George Nissen - sadly missed

We have been advised by Tim Blake, the son of the Nissen UK Chief Exec Ted Blake who worked with George Nissen to develop the modern sport we know today, that George Nissen, the inventor of the modern trampoline, passed away. He died this morning at 3:10am (London local time) mid-evening Wednesday 7:10pm (San Diego California local time - 7th April) at the age of 96 from complications from pneumonia. His wife and family were in attendance at his bedside. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

George Nissen was an inspiration and despite his age was always in attendance at the annual Nissen Cup, the longest running international competition in trampoline named in his honour, where he would still perform tricks to delight the audience. More details about Nissen's contribution to trampolining are at http://www.brentwoodtc.org/history.htm and associated pages.

2 comments:

patti lingenfelter said...

THE U.S.T.A. - UNITED STATES OF TRAMPOLINE AND TUMBLING IS ALMOST 40 YEARS OLD AND HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE OF MR. GEORGE NISSEN. HE HELPED START THE USTA AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET HIM. WE WILL KEEP HIS FAMILY IN OUR PRAYERS AND WE WILL HAVE A TRIBUTE FOR HIM AT THE 2010 USTA NATIONALS IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS.
SINCERELY,
PATTI LINGENFELTER
U.S.T.A. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
THE U.S.T.A. EXECUTIVE BOARD

Anne said...

I was his secretary in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for a short-term. He was a great boss.
My condolences to Annie, Dagmar, and Diane.