Coaches Spotlight: Sarah Scharr

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What is your philosophy towards being a coach? In your opinion, what makes a good coach?
My philosophy is simple. Celebrate everything. When I was a young athlete, my favorite coach always made me feel like I mattered; like I was a part of something special and I made a difference by showing up and giving everything I had, regardless of winning or losing. That stayed with me. That’s how I want to impact others when I coach. Being a good coach is about being present, making every moment count, and ensuring that you give as much as you expect of your athletes. Like I said, celebrate everything.

Why did you become a CrossFit coach?
People always ask “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Well, I love to encourage and cheer people on. I love to teach. I love the feeling you get when witnessing someone push themselves beyond what they thought their limits were. I love making a difference. That’s the job description of a coach.

Where did you grow up/Where are you from?
 was born and raised right here in Canandaigua. I traveled around after college, before settling down, and ending up right back here with my husband, to raise our son.

Have you ever played any sports?
Absolutely. My favorite sport was soccer (it was my favorite to coach as well). I also ran track, and played tennis.

What do you do for fun?
Other than work out, I love to landscape, hang by the pool, take care of all our animals, read and ski (water or snow).

What are you passionate about (other than CrossFit)?
I am passionate about my family and about helping others. I try to make a difference (in small but meaningful ways) whenever I can – whether it’s cheering friends and family on at an event, volunteering at church, or helping my neighbors shovel their driveway – I want to pay it forward. I want someone to notice me helping someone, and inspire them to do the same. I think this world could use a whole lot more kindness.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a dancer. I loved music (still do) and thought I should be famous for all the amazing moves I had! I also wanted to be a professional soccer player. I think I really just wanted to be anything that allowed me to be in motion. To this day, I don’t sit still very well!

If CrossFit didn’t exist, how would you pay the bills?
I have been a banker, the Director of Admissions at a private school, a teacher, a meter reader, a soccer coach, a waitress, and a bartender (to name a few). I’m a “Jack of all trades” kind of girl. That’s a hard question for me to give only one answer to, so I’ll just say that I’m confident I’d find something that allowed me to be social and talk to lots of people. 😉

What’s your favorite thing to do outside?
Landscaping is hands down my favorite! But boy do I love to entertain and relax with family and friends on a warm summer day too!

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