Martine Wright lost both her legs during the 7th July 2005 London Bombings, in which a series of co-ordinated suicide attacks targeting civilians on public transport during the morning rush hour took 52 lives and injured over 700.
For everybody in Britain, those two days were among the strangest and most shocking in recent history, for Martine, it provided a spring board for new opportunities, goals and a new life!
During her rehabilitation, she got married, gave birth to a little boy, learned to ski, undertook a parachute jump and even learned to fly solo following completion of a Douglas Bader Flying Scholarship for the Disabled in South Africa.
In 2009, Martine took part in a ‘have a go’ session for women’s Sitting Volleyball. She enjoyed the sport and progressed up through the sport’s rankings making her debut for the GB Women’s Team at the 2010 Kent International against the Paralympic Champions, China.
After everything that has happened to Martine following the events of that terrifying day, and the long, arduous process of rebuilding her life, the next exciting chapter came when she wore a Team GB vest as part of the Sitting Volleyball team at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Outside of the sporting arena, Martine graduated in 1996 with a degree in Psychology and Communication Studies from the University of East London.
- Hertfordshire Sportswoman of the Year 2010
- Zest Magazine inspirational Woman of the Year 2012
- Vitalise Woman of Achievement Award 2012
At the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year she won the The Helen Rollason Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Face of Adversity.
As a motivational speaker, Martine Wright shares her story and experiences on her journey to becoming a Paralympian.
Although she lost both legs in the Circle line bombing, Martine now considers herself a lucky woman with a whole new life of different opportunities.
Speaking topics include:
- Overcoming adversity
- Achieving your goals