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.
Timeline to Tokyo
- Noelle sets her sites to become a USA Para Athlete
- 1. Graduated from UMass Lowell.
- 2. Competed in first 100 meter race in Arizona and finished first in her classification group
- 1. Noelle is accepted to Para Team USA and set her sights to Tokyo.
- 2. Competed in Paris, France and officially qualified to be on the 2019 U.S. National Team
- Selected to compete in the Paralympic World Championships in Dubai, United Emirates
- Placed 4th in the world and set a new U.S. record in the Women’s 100 meter
- Was selected to be on the 2020 U.S. National Team
- Tokyo Summer Olympics postponed due to the worldwide Corona Virus pandemic