Frances Leadman was born on May 5, 2002 in Maryland to Larry and Annmarie Leadman. She has a younger sister, Claire, who is a former level 7 gymnast, and a dog named Nibley. Currently, Frances is an honor student at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and she will graduate in 2020. She is a member of her high school gymnastics team where she was named All-Met First Team in 2018 and Honorable Mention in 2017 by The Washington Post.
Frances got her start in gymnastics with a tumbling class when she was two years old. She has been training at Hill's Gymnastics in Gaithersburg, MD since 2014. As a level 7 gymnast in 2015, Frances placed fifth in the all-around and first on balance beam at the State Championships. She moved up to level 8 for the 2016 season, finishing first on balance beam at the State Championships.
In 2017 as a first-year level 9 gymnast, Frances placed in the top ten in the all-around and fifth on balance beam at the State Championships. She qualified to the Region 7 Championships. In 2018, she finished fifth in the all-around and third on vault at the Level 9 State Championships. She did well at the Region 7 Championships where she placed third in the all-around with a 37.300 and first on uneven bars. Frances qualified to the Level 9 Eastern Nationals in Rochester, NY, finishing fifth on floor exercise.
As a level 10 gymnast in 2019, Frances placed sixth in the all-around and fourth on balance beam and floor exercise at the State Championships. She qualified to the Region 7 Championships.
Frances trains 22 hours per week at Hill's Gymnastics in Gaithersburg, MD under coaches Cynthia Smaha and Amy Martelli. Her long-term goal is to compete for a college gymnastics team.