Aaron Johnson

This past week has been a week of loss for Shasta Trampoline. We lost one of our own, Aaron Johnson. Aaron was exceptionally kind and caring; passionate and incredibly skilled; but most of all extremely humble.

For newer team members you knew Aaron as head coach Val's husband and occasional fill in coach.  For those that have been with Shasta a bit longer we knew Aaron as the guy that would borrow our kids to be demonstrators at coaching courses. Other club members knew Aaron from Vancouver Circus school and as the guy that got their kids involved in trampoline and Shasta. Some of our older athletes and coaches knew him as their personal coach.

Depending on when your life was touched by Aaron you will remember him best for different things:

  • the Nissen Trampoline Company team in Cedar Rapids Iowa
  • the Canadian team in 1974 when Aaron competed for Canada at World Championships
  • as the first Canadian to complete a triff
  • the 1975 and 1976 Canadian Senior Mens National Champion
  • a Shasta Trampoline coach starting in 1977
  • Canadian National Team team coach from 1979-1990
  • Initiator of the development of the NCCP Trampoline Technical manual 
  • Cirque du Soleil coach  recruited in 1999
  • Founder, together with son Travis, of the Vancouver Circus School in 2004

Since Aaron's unexpected death on November 29 there has been an outpouring of appreciation by people from around the world. These are just a couple of examples.

Our condolences go out to Val and her family during this very difficult time.


  1. I was shocked and upset to hear of his death. I may never have had him as a coach myself, but competed while he was coaching . I had the utmost respect for him. I got a chance to work alongside him when I coached at Cirkids way back in the 90's. He was a great man for trampoline. I am so sorry he is gone. My condolences to his family and I will think of him tomorrow when they are celebrating his life. I wish I could be there. Natasha Provost(nee Liquorish).


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