Freya is a Head Crossfit coach & has been an integral player in the Academy of Lions community since it’s inception 8 years ago. Freya has seen the Academy push through hardships, new locations, staffing changes and has watched as the Academy transitioned into the multi-dimensional athletic centre that it is now.

With all of this experience behind her, Freya now embarks on what will likely be the most challenging leadership role of her life- motherhood. Freshly on maternity leave and days away from her due date, we sit down with Freya Ravensbergen to chat about everything from babies, to body image to barbells.

Of all the qualities Coach Freya Ravensbergen possesses, it's safe to say that the most dominant would be heart.  She has a great capacity for bringing out the best in people as well as the intuitiveness of a natural born leader, Freya is also responsible for the development of SoComm (Social Committee) a group of volunteer members coming together to foster an environment that would elevate the social experience, not only for the gym but for our community as a whole.

Freya knew by doing this she could bring people together to create meaningful relationships and memories by organizing in-house competitions and events. She also acts as head programmer for the Academy’s competitive teams. It's evident when watching Freya coach that she puts her heart & soul into each individual athlete.

As if that weren't enough for one person's plate, Freya is also an actor & producer who has currently been working as a co-Chair of TAWC (Toronto ACTRA Women’s committee). Through TAWC she hopes to encourage women to take positions of leadership behind and in front of the camera and foster the creation of new work in this city. 

Jenny McConnell / Co-host, Academy Of Lions Coach & RunCrew Co-Captain & many other things / @jenny_mc

Natalie Lodge / Co-host, Academy Of Lions SoComm Co-Ordinator & RunCrew Co-Captain & soooooo many more things & stuff / @natalielodge

Freya Ravensbergen / Academy Of Lions Coach & Gym Mom @coach_freya

Dhani Oks / EP / @dhanioks





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