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RowingChat with Sara Hendershot

Sara Hendershot

Sara Hendershot

Sara grew up as the oldest of four siblings in Simsbury, CT. She played many sports growing up and tried rowing at Simsbury High School, where she was immediately hooked. She was recruited to row at Princeton University where her collegiate career peaked during her senior season when she was named Captain of the team, rowed an undefeated dual season, a 3rd place finish at NCAAs, and was named First Team All-America. Upon graduation, Sara turned down an offer on Wall Street to continue rowing at the elite level.

Her National Team accomplishments include a 2012 U-23 Gold medal in the Women’s Four, a 2011 Senior Team Gold Medal in the Women’s Four, and a Fourth place finish in the 2012 Olympic Games in the Women’s Pair. Following London, Sara committed to training for another Olympic Cycle, but unfortunately was plagued with injury for almost two years. She ultimately chose to leave the USRowing Training Center in search of health and peak performance. Her journey has lead her around the world where she has been fortunately enough to work with different coaches, pair partners, and training programs and has improved her fitness, rowing skill, and understanding of the human body.

Sara currently lives in Boston, MA where she runs an elite rowing coaching program with her husband called Rowfficient.

Rowfficient offers personalized and seasonal training plans for rowers that are looking for more guidance and better results in their training. At Rowfficient, quality is prioritized over everything else. The main focus is focus on engraining proper movement patterns and body position. The Rowfficient training plan uses intense strength training to develop these rowing positions and create the endurance needed to maintain them. It also includes high intensity cross-training and gym work to build an engine that produces repeatable, efficient, race-pace speed. The goal of the Rowfficient program is to develop athletes that are engaged, healthy, and constantly evolving. Coaching involves weekly interaction through video, email, and skype sessions.

Sara is also a Senior Account Manager at SMACK! Media where she works with innovative and authentic brands.

She’s also offering Rowfficient gear as our prize draw for Newsletter subscribers. Register before 30th January.

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UK (GMT) – January 22nd 8:00 PM
USA/Canada (PST) – January 22nd 12:00 Noon
USA/Canada (EST) – January 22nd3:00 PM
NZ (NZST) – January 23rd 9:00 AM
Australia (AEST) – January 23rd 7:00 AM

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What is RowingChat?

RowingChat is a regular online webinar where top coaches, rowers and coxswains make their expertise available to you. Who looks after the coach, adds to their knowledge and answers their tough questions? Now clubs can support and invest in their coaching team, build their skills and invest in future racing success. Nobody has written the perfect “how to teach rowing” book – in the meantime, let us bring world class experience to you.

Hear the opinions of the world’s best.

Discover the struggles they’ve experienced and how they overcame adversity.

Ask your own questions and get their advice.

What do others think?

 “Just a quick note to say how much I get out of the Rowperfect site and RowingChats .  I get more info from Rowperfect than I do from National body which says one of two things …National body bit slack or Rowperfect is pretty good (i prefer this one myself!). My goal this year is to try to convince club to get Rowperfect ergo’s hoping.” – Glenys, Bunbury Rowing Club, Western Australia

“I think they are one of the best “continuing education” sources for coaches out there.” Marlene Royle, Roylerow, USA

“My daughter who is a rower found it very valuable and did understand it, thank you for your time Duncan and thank you too Rebecca for your time and effort.” – Teresa H, London UK

“I absolutely LOVE your enthusiasm and motivating persona!  These talks??  Fantastic!  They connect local rowers to the world of rowing at large but do it such a way as to allow association with truly knowledgeable people.” – Gary A, USA

“What an amazing job you did. Your questions and follow-ups were great, respectful, insightful. Brilliant!
And what a great opportunity for everyone! Well done.” – Donald M.

 “Thank you for the fabulous interview with your wonderfully generous
guest, Mahe Drysdale. You posed many great questions, all of which he
responded to openly and fully. Just as I sensed with the repeat
gathering of scullers for their “Great Eights,” I enjoyed hearing
directly about the mutual respect and friendships amongst the top
single scullers.
Thank you again for putting this on, and may you enjoy the holiday
season!” – Ned O, California USA

“This really is a great idea and having seen Tim in the USA I can understand how valuable his knowledge is.” – Douglas L, Canberra, Australia

“Thanks for organising RowingChat. Was great, pity it couldn’t have kept going and I look forward to the future ones.” – Paddy R, London UK

“Just spent an hour listening to the interview with Mahe, it was simply brilliant. Thank you!” – Shaun E, UK


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  3. siobhan

    I really enjoy this podcast and listen however the host (who does a fantastic job) is constantly breaking up. I wonder if there is an easy technology fix?
    Any techies who can weigh in?


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      Rebecca Caroe

      Siobhan, sorry about that. One solution is to listen to our recording (YouTube, iTunes or SoundCloud) where the quality is not dependent on the local internet connection.

      PS I’m the host, Rebecca Caroe.

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  14. Toby Cunliffe-Steel

    Hi all,
    If you tuned in or have downloaded the podcast, thank you very much for listening to the ideas of this young buck.
    Apologies for the technical problems. Rebecca cuts out at 8:45 and comes back at 9:30 then myself at 33:00 and I come back in at 36:05 before dropping out just before the end at 50:40.
    If you have any questions or want to connect with me you can do so through my website or on my Instagram toby.cunliffe.steel
    My doubles partner tends to lose between 1.2-1.8kg per night by the way.

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