Rowing the distance – SRQist :: SRQ Magazine article by Abby Weingarten
New Crew SRQ is racing up the top tier leaderboards
SRQ Review | April 2022
New College of Florida graduate student Antonia “Toni” Ginsberg-Klemmt is transforming the rowing landscape – or rather the waterscape – in Sarasota. His team, New SRQ Crew, became the first multi-school collegiate rowing team on the Suncoast a year ago, and it and its athletes have since won regattas and garnered international attention. Indeed, in February, a renowned coach from Oxford, England named John Hill joined the team as a guest coach. “I’m so excited about the growth of New Crew,” says Ginsberg-Klemmt, the team’s founder/captain, who is also an award-winning entrepreneur.
“My goal is for New Crew SRQ to be an inclusive space for adapted athletes of all backgrounds and abilities in America’s rowing capital” Ginsberg-Klemmt, a rower since grade seven, is a 2018 graduate of Pine View School which is a double major in physics and environmental studies at New College. She even won a coveted 2021 OZY Genius Award for a solar-powered portable carport she invented. She founded New Crew SRQ in 2019, and in March 2021 it became an official club and partnership between New College and Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates Inc., the non-profit organization that operates Nathan Benderson Park for the Sarasota County.
In November, New Crew SRQ rowers competed against athletes from across the state in the “Head of the 941” regatta and won numerous accolades, including several first and second place finishes. Ginsberg-Klemmt continues to expand his vision of the team. “I’ve worked with my good friend and mentor, Bob Berry of Benderson Park, coaching blind rowers with his company, Remote Coxswain, as well as adaptive rowing for amputees and paraplegic athletes,” she says. . “I just continue to build our team’s core values of positivity and inclusion – so all types of rowers thrive.”