Two Local Para-Athletes, Noelle Lambert and Femita Ayanbeku, Train for Tokyo Paralympics and Join Forces to Help Other Young Amputees
(Photo of track workout Femita Ayanbeku in the foreground, Noelle Lambert in background, shot at Milton Academy Outdoor Track – photo courtesy of The Born to Run Foundation)
Femita Ayanbeku, 28, of Attleboro, MA kicked-off the countdown to the 2021 Tokyo Paralympics at
their training session on Wednesday, August 26, at the outdoor track at Milton Academy. Noelle, an
above the knee amputee, lost her left leg in a moped accident in 2016. In 2018, she founded The Born
to Run Foundation that has donated artificial athletic prostheses to nine young amputees so they can
lead active lives. Noelle began competing in track after graduating from college last year, and placed
first in her classification group one month after starting the new sport, where she met Femita. Noelle
went on to compete in the world games in Dubai in November 2019 where she broke the U.S. Women’s
Paralympic record in the 100-meter race in Track & Field. Noelle and Femita are now training for the
2021 Tokyo Paralympics, which was supposed to be held in August 2020.
“It’s a bittersweet feeling to not be in Tokyo competing at the Paralympic games after having competed in Rio in 2016 and having trained for the past four years,” said Femita after she and Noelle finished their track workout. “But now we have more time to work on the little things and prepare for next year.”
“I can use this extra time to get better as I have only been competing in track since last year,” said Noelle. “I feel for all the athletes like Femita who have been training so hard for Tokyo, but this gives us time to get better and better.”
Femita Ayanbeku is a below the knee amputee who lost her right leg at 11 years old due to a car
accident. She is a 2014 graduate of American International College in Springfield. Femita is a
Paralympian who competed in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in the 200-meter in Track &
Field and placed 6th. Femita is the current national champion in the 100-meter for the classification group T64 (below the knee amputee.) She is the president and founder of Limb-it-Less Creations, Inc., a nonprofit organizationdedicated to creating awareness and providing support to the amputee community.
They are both working with coach Sherman Hart. Femita has also joined the board of The
Born to Run Foundation to help improve the lives of young athletic amputees.