After graduating cum laude from UMass Lowell in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Noelle was determined to continue using her athletic abilities and tried out for the U.S. Paralympic team to compete in the 100-meter in Track and Field, a sport in which she had never competed. In the fall of 2019, Noelle made the team and broke the U.S. women’s record at the World Para Athletics Championship in Dubai. She is currently training for the 16th Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo next summer.
Noelle Lambert is a para-athlete and founder of The Born to Run Foundation. Noelle lost her left leg in a moped accident in 2016 during a summer trip to Martha’s Vineyard. At the time, she was a student at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and played Division 1 lacrosse on UMass Lowell’s women’s lacrosse team, the Riverhawks. During the rehabilitation from her injury, she learned that many young amputees do not have the financial resources to obtain specialty prostheses, otherwise known as artificial limbs that promote running, swimming or other sports. As an amputee-athlete. If you want to find out more about The Born to Run Foundation, Click here. Noelle was determined to help other young amputees lead fulfilling and active lives. This led to her starting the Foundation to provide athletic prostheses to young amputees. Noelle also returned to UMass Lowell and rejoined the Riverhawks, scoring a goal on her first game back with the team.
After graduating from UMass-Lowell in 2019, Noelle started training for the U.S. Paralympic team with a goal of competing in Track & Field, a sport in which she had never participated. She chose the 100-meter sprint event and qualified for the USA Paralympic Team. She went on to compete at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in November 2019, where she broke the U.S. women’s record with a time of 16.31 seconds, a fourth-place finish. She has her sights set on clinching a spot to represent the USA in the 2021 Paralympics in Tokyo that were postponed from 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Noelle will still have to compete sometime next year at another Track & Field event to qualify for the 2021 Paralympics, but she is confident that she will secure a spot for the 100-meter. The 2021 Paralympic Games will be held next summer, from August 24 – September 5. Follow Noelle’s journey to Tokyo on Instagram and Facebook, and check out her Blog where she will be posting stories about her training and her experiences leading up to the games.