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February 15, 2014

Texas East Gymnastics: Parsley family opens state of the art facility



From its humble beginning in Jacksonville in 1969, and for each year since, Texas East Gymnastics (TEG) has offered a level of training that has ranked the facility not only among the best in Texas, but the nation as well.

On Feb. 8 the Parsley family, Dwight, Kathy, Marlynne (Finch), Martin and Stacy (nee Panfil) officially opened their new facility on Deerbrook Drive in southeast Tyler that will insure both aspiring and recreational gymnasts will continue to have spacious and top-flight training facilities for many years to come.

The success of TEG made for tight quarters in its previous location, which the Parsleys opened about 22 years ago, and made the timing right for a new complex, which is conveniently located right across the street from the old one.

“We have been limited in the past,” Dwight Parsley said. “Our numbers have been growing, but our facility stayed the same and that wasn't good.

“So we knew that it was the appropriate time to build the new building, which will enable us to serve twice as many students. Hopefully our parents and students will realize that we are offering an even better program with the room that we have in the new facility and the new equipment that we have.”

“Twenty years ago our old facility was considered state-of-the-art and was as good as there was out there,” Martin Parsley said. “Twenty years later Tyler and East Texas are different and gymnastics are different, too, so we wanted to respond to those changes.”

Among the amenities sported by the new TEG gym is a huge pre-school training area, a much larger main gym that has separate areas for competition and recreational gymnasts, several observation areas for parents and family members to watch training sessions comfortably and a nice-sized space dedicated to birthday parties.

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