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


What Do I Get Out of Unofficial Visits?

A lot of our junior clients are asking about unofficial visits. You can read my article from earlier this year giving a top-to-bottom rundown of the visits, but this interaction with a client seemed especially relevant with some holidays and big regattas coming up: Nate: “So, contact the coach, let them know your dates, see […]

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Making a Great First Impression: A Guide to Asking Questions

As the fall gets into full swing, a lot of our clients are trying to figure out what questions they need to be asking, whether it be in first emails with coaches or on official visits. Sure, there are the basics – how practices are scheduled, selection structures, popular majors amongst the team – but […]

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Sparks Consulting Offering Measured Feedback Camp

At Sparks, we are continually asking, “How we can send our campers home with better tools to continue growing?” One of the main components of growth is getting an honest understanding of the elements contributing to where you are now. To give more quantitative, useful feedback than any camp before, we’re offering a new Measured Feedback […]

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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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