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The Goal:expand awareness.

Sparks Journal is written by a professional staff of philabusterers, philosophers, and potentially – a rowing coach or three.

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Rowing Camps

Train Like an Elite: 10 Tips from Wesley Ng

Wesley Ng, Women’s Head Coach at the University of Pennsylvania and U-23 National Team Selection Camp, gave an informative and inspirational talk at Sparks’s Penn Rowing Camp about the similarities and differences between a U-23 National Team rower and the average collegiate rower. Similarly, the rowers will attempt to figure out a pecking order. They are afraid of […]

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Rowing Camps

My Experience as a Sparks Rowing Camp Counselor: A Holistic Approach

I’m an elite rower, training at Vesper Boat Club.  Though I have been working in marketing at Sparks Consulting for five years, this is my first involvement in a Sparks Rowing Camp. Staying on campus at the University of Pennsylvania, eating with the team, and walking through thickly shaded brick paths, surrounded by libraries, transports me […]

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PHOTOS: Sparks Middletown Rowing Camp 2016

Our 2016 Sparks Middletown Rowing Camp wrapped up last week, and it marked yet another successful year of our program at Connecticut’s gorgeous Wesleyan University. Coed campers from the ages of 14 through 19 enjoyed our signature approach, which implements the largest number of hours of one-on-one coaching time with our campers in the U.S. Campers are exposed to team building, […]

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Olympians from Division III and Club Programs: With Matt Miller and Seth Weil

Rowing is one of the few sports that, after being picked-up in college, one can go on to achieve Olympic success. One would imagine that these incredible athletes walked into a well-funded program with a highly competitive roster size. However, some Olympic rowers come from the humble origins of club or Division Three programs. The […]

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Development

A Look Behind the Curtain of College Rowing Selection

This article was co-authored by Nate Rooks and Mike Hughes. As a rower, it’s easy to blame a single event–a bad seat race or bad erg text–for what boat you end up in. For coaches who make the lineups, it’s a complicated and lengthy process that includes many objective and subjective variables. We spoke with several […]

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Recruiting

Unofficial Visits in Rowing: Test-Driving Your Future

Lee just turned 16 and is ready for her first car. She finished Driver’s Ed, nailed her DMV tests, and has a bank account padded by summers of lifeguarding and landscaping. Lee knows the name Mercedes is well-established and respected, and her coolest friend’s mom had one. She can’t afford a new one but assures […]

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