Helping Taylor Lindsay-Noel

Olympian Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs trained with Taylor Lindsey-Noel at Sport Seneca in Toronto.

Olympian Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs trained with Taylor Lindsey-Noel at Sport Seneca in Toronto.

Gymnastics Coaching was the first to blog about Canadian hopeful Taylor Lindsey-Noel’s paralysis after a bars dismount went awry in training in July.

It’s always sad to read about young people being injured in gymnastics, but coming in the wake of all the Olympic glory, the story of Lindsey-Noel, a 2012 hopeful who trained at Sport Seneca with Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs and Peng-Peng Lee, feels especially tragic.

Toronto Star opinion columnist Royson James and Lindsay-Noel’s mother Rowena both seemed outraged at the small amount of attention Lindsey-Noel’s injury initially got. But thanks to James’ article, coupled with this one in the Globe and Mail, Taylor’s story is spreading around — including to one big-hearted person, who donated $10,000 to her cause.

Just yesterday, a donor sent $10,000 to the Star to bolster the trust fund set up to assist Olympics-bound gymnast Taylor Lindsay-Noel, 14, in her battle to walk again.

“In your article, you described the perfect and decent human being. Her tragic injury pains me,” reads the handwritten note accompanying the cheque. “Please forward this to Taylor and family in their need of support. More people should have moments of compassion; it would make them more human.”

When they talk about her bieng a 2012 hopeful, they weren’t kidding. According to a very old thread from the Gymnastics Gossip Message Board (GGMB), in 2007 Taylor’s tumbling passes were a double layout, double Arabian, 1.5 to layout front, double tuck side pass and a double pike. At 13. This kid was undoubtedly on her way up.

Taylor’s injury is preceded by that of Dutch junior Imke Glas and China’s Wang Yan, who also sustained a major injury on a bars dismount. Both can walk today.

Best of luck to Taylor in her recovery.

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2 Responses to “Helping Taylor Lindsay-Noel”

  1. Steve Bannister Says:

    I want to know this woman. I want to know her and help her.

    She is special in my world and her story touched my heart.

    Does anyone know how can call her? I am Steve Bannister at 416.278.6651

  2. Ann-Louise Says:

    My daughter does rhythmic gymnastics and I was horrified to hear about Taylor’s accident. I hope that Christopher Reeve’s research fund can be used to help her to reach the fullest functioning possible. My prayers are with Taylor and her family, coaches and rehabilitation therapists.

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