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Nora Meister

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7, SB6, SM7

Further personal information

Residence
Lenzburg, SUI
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2011 at Aarefisch Swimming Club in Aarau, Switzerland.
Why this sport?
She tried several sports, including handcycling and Para tennis, before settling on swimming with the goal of competing at the Paralympic Games. "Since I learnt about the Paralympics, that's always been my goal and I thought it would be most likely that I could achieve this as a swimmer."
Club / Team
Schwimmclub Aarefisch: Aarau, SUI
Name of coach
Piotr Albinski [club], POL; Dirk Tholking [club]
Training Regime
She trains about 20 hours per week, including eight sessions at her club.

General interest

Hobbies
Reading, spending time with friends. (Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 European Championships in Funchal, Portugal. (Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her family and friends. (Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she received the Newcomer of the Year award from the Swiss website Aargauersport.ch. (aargauersport.ch, 05 Apr 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 and 2024 Paralympic Games. (twnews.ch, 16 Jun 2019; lba.azmedien.ch, 30 Apr 2020)
Impairment
She was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, which causes reduced muscle power in her legs. She also has impaired hearing. "I just can't push myself off powerfully when I jump into the water. I swim without a leg stroke. This means that the strength comes exclusively from the upper body and the arms." (aargauerzeitung.ch, 11 Feb 2020; Athlete, 14 Aug 2018; swissparalympic.ch, 25 Apr 2016)
Other information
COVID-19 IMPACT
During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, while pools were closed she was forced to focus on fitness training until she was offered the chance to use a small private pool. "I tried to keep as fit as much as possible. I turned my room into a small gym and I tried to maintain stamina on my handcycle. After a while, I was lucky enough to be helped by people who own a private pool. Then I was able to tie myself to the edge with a rubber band and swim on the spot." (nau.ch, 26 Aug 2020)