The Born to Run Foundation announced that founder Noelle Lambert of Londonderry has been named to the U.S. Paralympic team. She will compete in Track & Field for Team USA at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from Nov. 7-15.
Lambert, an above-the-knee amputee, will compete in the 100-meter event. She is one of 63 athletes who will be competing in Dubai.
“Competing at the world level has been a lifelong dream of mine and representing the United States at the World Para Athletics Championships is truly an honor,” said Lambert. “When I had my accident, I was determined to not let it define who I am, but my injury has given me a new perspective on life and given me the opportunity to help others.”
The 22-year-old Lambert, who now resides in Manchester, established The Born to Run Foundation after she lost her left leg in a moped accident in 2016. At the time, she was a college student at UMass Lowell playing Division 1 lacrosse.
Never one to retreat from a challenge, Lambert turned her personal adversity into a commitment to help other. During her rehabilitation from her injury, she learned that many young amputees do not have the financial resources to obtain artificial limbs for running, swimming or other sports. As an amputee-athlete, Noelle was determined to help other amputees lead fulfilling and active lives. This led to her start the foundation to provide athletic prostheses to young amputees.
Since December 2018, The Born to Run Foundation has made donations to five young amputees: Isaak Depelteau of Amherst, NH received a running blade; the foundation donated to Emma Graham of Manchester, NH a waterproof prosthesis for swimming; and Henry Tripp of Arlington, MA, Josh Beecher of Bedford, NH and Katie Joiner of Thompson, CT all received running blades.
Lambert will participate in the competition taking place Nov. 7-15 at the Dubai Club for People of Determination. With more than 1,300 athletes from over 100 nations expected to compete, the event will be the last major opportunity for athletes to gain slots for their National Paralympic Committees for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.