Long time friends Ginger Fox and Carol Van Biezen were gymnasts who competed on a national and international level when they lived in Canada. Years after they retired from their gymnastics careers, the pair moved to Frisco and opened Eagle Gymnastics Academy.
“We wanted to open a gym that was a lot like the one we went to in Canada—a gym that was family-oriented and a positive atmosphere for kids,” Van Biezen said. “That’s how Ginger and I trained, and that’s how we’ve coached.”
Eagle Gymnastics Academy opened in 2004 in a facility near Technology Drive with 60 students recruited by Fox and Van Biezen.
But the academy soon outgrew the space. Fox and Van Biezen opened a new facility in 2010.
“At the time Frisco was just starting to grow, and with so many kids, we thought it was great to put something that would be great for the city, and we’ve come so far,” Van Biezen said.
The gym currently serves more than 1,200 gymnasts, some of whom compete nationally and internationally. The programs are open to children as young as age 1 and adults up to age 23.
Aside from recreational programs, Eagle Gymnastics offers three disciplines: women’s gymnastics, men’s gymnastics and tumbling/trampoline.
“We’re also one of the only clubs in the country to have kids on national teams or at the elite level in all disciplines,” Fox said.
During the 2017-18 season, the athletes earned more than 50 championship titles, and four athletes earned a spot on Team USA at the world championships held in Bulgaria in November 2018.
Last year, two athletes were on the national team once again and competed in the world championship held in Russia.
This year, senior elite athlete Isaac Rowley competed at the World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, and placed third. He was also part of the U.S. Trampoline Team that competed at the Minsk World Cup in Belarus in April.
Fox and Van Biezen said it has been great to see how far their staff has come and see their athletes grow up with them in the years they have been in operation.
“Our philosophy is having a good family atmosphere and teaching important life skills to these kids because we know that their gymnastics career is not going to be extensive, so we want to build these kids into good people,” Fox said.
6085 Sports Village Road, Frisco
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., closed Sun.