When Robin Deary Fillmore was 12 years old, she would tell anybody who would listen that when she grew up, she was going to open a gymnastics club and be a coach.
And she did. In 1982, freshly graduated from Southern Connecticut, Deary Fillmore bought a gym in Brooklyn. She was there for 17 years, then moved to the old brick armory in Killingly, where Deary's Gymnastics has been ever since.
Although she wanted to have a club, it was important for her to have high school gymnastics too. So in 1986, Deary Fillmore started a team at Killingly High. A few years later, she started one at Woodstock Academy with the girls who went to her gym.
Her first State Open champion was...