AZ Royals


Dian Nissen​

Trampoline and Tumbling Director

Dian Nissen has been involved with sports and fitness since her youth, where she trained daily in her father's gymnasium eventually becoming a multiple world-title athlete and competitor.

She is an AAU All-American, and was once concurrently the U.S. Women’s Trampoline champion in all three trampoline events: Individual Trampoline, Synchronized Trampoline, and Double Mini-Trampoline. In 2015, she founded Nissen Trampoline Academy, LLC in San Diego, California, USA.

Dian made the transition to fitness and health professional after graduating from the University of Iowa. She holds a Master of Science degree in Health Education and Exercise Science and has been teaching fitness and health for over 30 years. In 1994, Dian founded her company, Ageless Fitness, to promote health and wellness for people of all ages and abilities.

Dian was the founder, owner, and coach of the Nissen Trampoline Academy in San Diego, CA for many years.

Dian’s father was George Nissen, the inventor of the modern-day trampoline. Dian helped her father promote his invention of the trampoline and the sport of trampolining by performing hundreds of shows in the United States and around the world and competing in national and international trampoline events.

For decades, Dian witnessed the progression of the trampoline, double mini-trampoline, and tumbling including the evolution of equipment, rules, form and style, politics and most everything associated with a growing sport. She was thrilled to be able to attend the 2000 Olympics with her father in order to observe the debut of Trampoline Gymnastics as an official Olympic sport.

Dian is currently co-chair of the Trampoline and Tumbling committee for the National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs, whose primary purpose is to support adult club gymnastics in the United States. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the World Acrobatics Society. Dian is a certified Pilates personal trainer and Flexibility Coach. She is also an ACE-Gold Certified Group Fitness Instructor and Health Coach.

In November 2021, Dian relocated to Arizona. She lives in Cave Creek with her husband Rick and their four dogs.

Dian’s notable competitions & achievements include:

- World Trampoline Championships, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, 1976

4th place, Women’s Individual Trampoline

- National Trampoline Champion, USTA National Trampoline Championships, 1977

1st place Women’s Individual Trampoline

1st place Women’s Double Mini-Tramp

1st place Women’s Synchronized Trampoline

- World Champion, Second World Age Group Championships, San Mateo, California, USA 1974:

1st place, Individual Trampoline, 13-14 girls

1st place, Double Mini-Trampoline, 13-14 girls

- World Champion, Third World Age Group Championships, Toronto, Canada, 1975:

1st place, Women’s Individual Trampoline, 13-14 girls

1st place, Double Mini-Trampoline, 13-14 girls

1st place, Synchronized Trampoline, 18 and under

- World Champion, Fourth World Age Group Championships, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA, 1976

1st place, Double Mini-Trampoline, 15-18 girls

3rd place, Women’s Individual Trampoline, 15-18 girls

- World Champion, Fifth World Age Group Championships, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 1978

1st place, Synchronized Trampoline, 15-17 girls

2nd place, Women’s Individual Trampoline, 15-17 girls

1st place, Spaceball Individual Trampoline Champion, 1st place, 15-17 girls

- First World Age Group Championships, London, England 1972:

2nd place, Individual Trampoline, 11-12 girls

2nd place, Synchronized Trampoline, Junior girls

4th place, Double Mini-Trampoline, 11-12 girls

- Japanese National Trampoline Champion, Osaka, Japan, 1977

1st place, Women’s Individual Trampoline

- Champion, Mid-West Open Championships, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 1975

1st place, Women’s Individual Trampoline

- Champion, Nissen Eterna Cup, 1975, 1974, 1972