Photo courtesy of Noelle Lambert on www.lancerspiritonline.com
Noelle Lambert visited Waterford High School last week to speak on her perseverance through a tragic accident. Playing Division I soccer and lacrosse at UMass Lowell, Lambert was a stand-out athlete earning the title of a leading goal-scorer and she started every game. In 2016, Lambert was involved in a tragic moped accident that cost the loss of her leg. Fortunately, she was able to receive a prosthesis and recover from her injuries in just two years’ time, and return back to the field in 2018. She continued to become the first amputee to play in a collegiate lacrosse game. Lambert expressed how difficult it was at first to make a comeback after such a terrible procedure. She reiterated that through a handful of mental breakdowns and near-breaking points that made her stronger. She was able to return back to the field and play as ‘normal’ without much ease or leniency, which ultimately helped motivate her. Her success did not stop there. After graduating Lambert continued to participate in Track and Field and qualified for the U.S. Parapalegic Nation Track and Field team. She qualified for the world championship in Dubai where she placed 4th and set a new world record.
Lambert created a non-profit organization that she titled “Born to Run” that helps donate modified prosthetics to help amputees pursue their athletic needs and goals. WHS is fortunate to have such an inspiring athlete to express why you shouldn’t make excuses whether on a playing field, classroom, workplace… Noelle Lambert continues to preach perseverance and dedication for all athletes as she shares her story to the public and schools like ours.