A Chicago-area swimmer rose to the challenge to fight rules that discriminated against disabled athletes. Lake Forest's Nina Nissly won all four events topping Callahan. Sponsored by Grape-Nuts.
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A Chicago-area swimmer rose to the challenge to fight rules that discriminated against disabled athletes. Sponsored by Grape-Nuts.
Editor's Note--Mary Kate Callahan and Lake Forest High School's Nina Nissly both competed in the State Swim Meet in Evanston in the inaugural competition for special needs athletes. Nissly won all four events and became the first swimmer in state history to win four individual races. About this sponsorship: In honor of the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary’s historic ascent of Mount Everest, Patch and Grape-Nuts are teaming up to highlight those who inspire people around them to climb their own mountains. Nothing bothers Mary Kate Callahan. Now an active teen, Callahan’s life changed when she was 5 months old. A virus attacked her spinal cord and left her paralyzed from the waist down. “I didn’t let that stop me,” Callahan says. …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Lake Forest High School’s Nina Nissly swims in first athletes with disability competition and becomes Illinois’s first triple individual champion.
Three week ago Lake Forest High School senior Nina Nissly was a member of the Scout junior varsity swim team getting ready for the North Suburban Conference Meet as she had during all four years of her career. On Saturday she became the first triple high school swimming champion in Illinois history. It took a lawsuit and help from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan as three gold medals came her way at the State Meet Friday and Saturday in Evanston. Earlier: Athletes With Disabilities Make History at ETHS This Weekend Nissly was one of seven swimmers to compete in the inaugural Athletes with Disabilities heats of the State Finals after the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) settled a lawsuit filed by Fenwick High School’s Mary Kay …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Lake Forest's Nina Nissly, Ana Kohout make their mark in sled hockey.
Nina Nissly has taken the challenged out of physically challenged. Born with cerebral palsy, the Lake Forest High School junior is in her fifth year of sled hockey. “I was affected more early on, but as time goes by and medical stuff is updated, now, in my daily life, it’s not much of a challenge,” Nissly said. Sunday, Nissly helped the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) Falcons sled hockey stars dominate a team of Lake Forest College hockey team members, student leaders and teachers, 5-1, at the Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Swimming Creates Confidence Nissly, 17, also plays basketball – her GLASA hoops coach Tom Daily recruited her to hockey – and swims the 100-yard freestyle, usually on relay squads, for the LFHS girls’ …