Martine Wright

7/7 Survivor and Paralympian athlete, Inspirational and motivational speaker

Martine Wright lost both legs in the Circle line bombing, yet she considers herself a lucky woman with a whole new life of opportunities.

On 6 July 2005 Martine and work friends gathered to watch the announcement of the host city for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The next morning, Martine caught the Circle line and sat just three feet away from suicide bomber Shehzad Tanweer. Suffering from the most severe injuries, and consequently last rescued survivor of the 7/7 bombings, Martine was trapped for over an hour having lost 80% of her blood supply as well as both legs above the knees. There followed a painful year of rehabilitation including learning to walk again on prosthetics.

It was the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics that gave Martine’s life new shape and her days meaning. In 2009 Martine attended her first Sitting Volleyball session. There was an instant appeal and since making her debut in 2010, Martine has amassed a total of more than 40 caps for her country. In 2012 the GB Sitting Volleyball team took part in their first Paralympic Games at the London Paralympic Games. Martine chose to wear the number 7 shirt in honour of the 52 people who died in the atrocities of 7/7. In 2012 Martine was named inspirational Woman of the Year by Zest Magazine, the Vitalise Woman of Achievement and at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year she won the Helen Rollason Award for outstanding achievement in the face of adversity. Martine’s is a remarkable story of suffering and recovery, determination, inspiration and self-belief. Since her injury, she has not just qualified for the 2012 Paralympics with the British volleyball team, but also learned to fly a light aircraft, skydived from 10,000 feet, and learned to ski. She has also joined Channel 4’s Paralympic coverage team.

Belief and Ownership. Embracing Change
Maximising the Opportunity
Team Work
Overcoming Adversity
Marginal Gain