bg-3 Off to a Fast Start

Off to a Fast Start

Our week of camp at Wesleyan has officially begun!

Today we welcomed all of our rowers and coxswains to Wesleyan University in Connecticut for a fast-paced, intense week of learning and training. We have six eights-worth of boys and girls as well as sixteen coxswains to round out the group.

This week, we are excited to give the kids exposure to collegiate and elite coaches from all over the country, all of whom offer different perspectives on our sport. In rowing, as in anything, there is more than one way to do things, and we hope to facilitate more than a few breakthroughs for our campers this week.

They will be busy each day from morning until night with on-the-water training and individual coaching meetings while they are on land. Parents: don’t be too surprised if your son or daughter doesn’t pick up the phone very often. We plan to keep the campers busy, and when they’re not eating or training, they’ll probably be sleeping!

Two coaches strategize for the week ahead:

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Upon arrival today, all of our rowers underwent a few diagnostics to determine their relative levels of fitness and general mobility. This gives the coaches a starting point that proves massively helpful in helping each and every athlete improve as much as possible throughout this short week. Meanwhile, the coxswains got to know each other upstairs and learned some general principles that they’ll be expected to implement tomorrow.

Here they are enjoying their supper at the Wesleyan dining hall. There’s something for everyone here!

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Tonight all of the campers will get the chance to socialize with one another over some ice cream. Then, tomorrow, the real work begins.

Check back here for updates on the camp proceedings throughout the week.

Below you can find links to learn more about Sparks Rowing camps.

Learn more about our coxswain’s only rowing camp by following the link.  Or, read some excerpts from the the coxswain only rowing camp blog.  Our next round of summer rowing camp information can be found here.  Follow this link for information on our New Zealand rowing camp and here for their NZ camp blog (with some great videos).  We also have some great information on our winter rowing camp  and you can get another perspective through our blog on the advanced winter rowing camp here.

Lastly, if you’re interested in our consulting services, we help guide college bound high school athletes through the college recruiting process for rowing colleges and universities.  Learn more at or about the phenomenal staff at Sparks.

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