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From the Pools of RAC to the Paralympic Games


After 18 months of arduous training six days a week in the pools of the Rodale Aquatic Center at Cedar Crest College and more recently also at Emmaus Aquatic Club, Salisbury resident Noga Nir-Kistler recently qualified for the U.S. Paralympic Swim Team in multiple events. What makes this achievement even more impressive is that she participated in the Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, four years ago as one of the top table tennis players in the world.

Noga Nir-Kistler

“This is very exciting. To make the transition from one sport to another and to actually make the U.S.A. team in both sports is probably unheard of,” said her husband, Fred Kistler, who noted that Noga spent her younger years as an accomplished swimmer before a debilitating disease left her wheelchair bound. “When she called (after the recent qualifying event) she was crying and I said to her, ‘in four years you can try out for Brazil (Paralympic Games).’ She said, ‘no, no, no, I made the team. 'It was unbelievable.”

Nir-Kistler leaves for Germany this week to begin 10 days of training and to adjust to the European time zone, after which she will travel to London and continue her quest to earn her first Paralympic Games medal. For more information on this incredible journey, click here.

Noga Nir-Kistler