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MEISTER Nora
Sport Para swimming
NPC Switzerland   
GenderWomen
Age19
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S6, SB6, SM6
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
Martin Salmingkeit [national]
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)
Injuries
In December 2021 she underwent an elbow surgery. (aargauersport.ch, 27 Jan 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I learned early in my life to accept things as they are - not only in relation to my body. I always try to make the best of the situation." (blick.ch, 24 Aug 2021)
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 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (lba.azmedien.ch, 30 Apr 2020; twnews.ch, 16 Jun 2019)
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)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
10 2021 50m Freestyle S6 35.68
13 2021 50m Butterfly S6 41.97
3 2021 400m Freestyle S6 5:19.67
8 2021 100m Backstroke S6 1:24.52
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2019 400m Freestyle S7 5:18.94
3 2019 100m Backstroke S7 1:22.98
Heats 2019 100m Freestyle S7 1:15.35
3 2022 100m Backstroke S6 1:24.77
5 2022 100m Freestyle S6 1:17.15
3 2022 400m Freestyle S6 5:31.72
7 2022 50m Freestyle S6 36.20
6 2022 50m Butterfly S6 42.42
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
9 2016 100m Freestyle S8 1:20.21
5 2016 400m Freestyle S8 5:48.62
6 2016 100m Backstroke S8 1:30.88
1 2018 100m Backstroke S7 1:23.50
2 2018 100m Freestyle S7 1:13.83
1 2018 400m Freestyle S7 5:21.20
1 2021 100m Backstroke S6 1:21.78
2 2021 100m Freestyle S6 1:15.28
1 2021 400m Freestyle S6 5:12.87
7 2021 100m Breaststroke SB6 2:11.11