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Martine Wright

7/7 London Bombing Survivor & Paralympic Sitting Volleyball Player

Martine Wright MBE, 7/7’s most injured survivor, lost both legs in the Circle line bombing during the 2005 terrorist attacks in London underground.

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Martine Wright's 2023 biography

About Martine Wright

Martine Wright is no stranger to trauma or devastation. The victim of a terrorist attack, she tried her hand at sitting volleyball as part of her rehabilitation – and has not looked back since. Martine later took the athletics world by storm in 2012, when she competed at the London Paralympics in the sitting volleyball discipline. As a mental health speaker, Martine discusses the role that sports played in her emotional and physical recovery.

In 2005, Martine found herself sitting three feet away from a terrorist bomber on the London Underground. In a single moment, she lost both her legs and found her life changed forever. Martine faced a long and challenging recovery. Wheelchair-bound and with new prosthetic legs, she turned to sports as a way to heal mentally and physically. Her experiences were later immortalised via her award-winning autobiography, Unbroken.

Five years after the terrorist attack, Martine competed in her first sitting volleyball game. Only two years later, in 2012, she represented Team GB at the London Paralympics, a testament to Martine’s determination and perseverance. Sport gave Martine hope. It allowed her to rewrite her future. From a chance encounter on the London Underground to Team GB’s star athlete, Martine’s story is a testament to her mental resilience.

Martine has been recognised with several accolades, including the Hertfordshire Sportswoman of the Year, Inspirational Woman of the Year and, most notably, the Helen Rollason Award at the 2012 Sports Personality of the Year. In 2016, following years of advocacy for bombing victims, Martine was appointed MBE for her services. When booked for events, she reflects on the moment her team beat Canada at the 2010 World Championships, and the mental resilience that allowed her to bounce back from adversity.

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The power of 7

Martine Wright is a survivor of the never to be forgotten day in 2005 when terror hit the streets of London. As 52 people lost their lives in a series of attacks across London, she was the last survivor pulled from the train in Aldgate, losing her legs, and very nearly her life. The events of 7/7 are one bookend of her life in which her remarkable fight for recovery and rehabilitation culminated in becoming a Team GB Paralympian, appearing at London 2012.

In tribute to those that died that day Martine chose to wear the number 7 team shirt and will share with you how she developed and adopted her mantra of the ‘Power of 7’ to provide resilience, positivity, structure and new purpose into her much-changed world.

Her compelling story of survival to sporting success and her easy and refreshingly honest approach will provide inspiration and clear key messages to all who take part in Martine’s presentation.

  • Make your choice
  • Maximise your opportunities
  • Embrace change positively
  • Teamwork
  • Marginal gain
  • Team me
  • Believe

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