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Meet SASI’s new Rowing Assistant Coach

30 January 2015

South Australian Rowing is in great hands with the recent appointment of Rowing Program Assistant Coach Jarrad Schar.

Jarrad Schar on the water 

Schar will join forces with Head Coach Jason Lane and lead the team in 2015 and beyond.

A former rower himself, Schar hopes to reach the pinnacle of his chosen sport as a coach.

“I believe all athletes strive to be at the top of their sport, which for rowing is the Olympics. While I wasn't able to achieve the ultimate success, I had a great time during my rowing journey and believe the skills and attitudes I learnt have held me in good stead later in life,” Schar said.

The Program Assistant Coach is the perfect role at present for Schar who can build on the foundations he already has in place with a background in teaching, being a former competitive rower and having a tremendous love for the sport.

“The role will allow me to develop my understanding and ability as a coach while working with some extremely talented and determined athletes in an environment built for success,” he said.

Teaching and coaching are not dissimilar. With a Bachelor of Education under his belt, the natural progression from teacher to coach was only a matter of time, and the timing of the role of Program Assistant Coach couldn't have been more perfect for Schar.

“Winning the role is a great honour and opportunity. Helping and witnessing people develop is something I have always been passionate about.”

The past 18 months have been busy for Schar as he divided his time between acting as a teacher and rowing coordinator with the Christian Brothers College (CBC), and as a coach with the Talent Pathway Group under SASI.

His partnership with Head Coach Jason Lane began at the 2014 Junior World Championships, when Schar was appointed coach to South Australians Bridget Badenoch and Georgia Seidel in the Junior Women’s Double.

“The experience allowed me to develop as a coach, work with Jason Lane in the preparation phase of a championship, and learn from some extremely good coaches while witnessing what other nations are doing.,Schar said.