Noelle Lambert Makes U.S. Paralympic Track and Field Team, Headed to Tokyo


Noelle Lambert, the former UMass Lowell lacrosse player, is headed to Tokyo for the Paralympic Games.

Lambert, who lost her left leg in a moped accident in 2016, captured the attention of the lacrosse community when she returned to the field and scored a goal in April 2018.

Now, just three years later, she’ll compete in front of the world in the Paralympic Games, which will run Aug. 24-Sept. 5. Lambert was nominated for the U.S. Paralympic Track and Field team after competing in the women’s 100-meter dash at trials June 18 in Minneapolis.

Lambert’s time of 16.33 was good for first place in the T63 category — a classification based on the athletes’ level of impairment that featured above-knee amputees. Wearing the No. 183 bib, Lambert topped Paralympic veteran Scout Bassett, who finished with a time of 16.81, along with three other athletes.

“I’m beyond excited to be able to perform at the biggest stage in the world alongside such amazing and talented athletes,” she said. “It is very difficult to make this team and I’m just super grateful that all my hard work has been paying off.”

As a result of her efforts, Lambert was named alongside 61 other athletes for the Paralympic Games, which will be broadcast on NBC networks this summer.

Lambert told Sheehan Stanwick Burch on “The Stick Drop” podcast that she’s come a long way since competing in her first major event — where she set a U.S. record time of 16.31 seconds at the 2019 World Para Athletics championship.

“Two years ago, it was just me and [Scout Bassett] competing for above-knee amputees,” she said. “Now, going into trials, there were five of us. I want to be running against people that will make me go faster. I’m always psyched to see new people coming in because I was that person. I was known as a lacrosse athlete going into my first event. I looked like a lacrosse athlete.”

You can listen to the full episode here.

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