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Martine Wright – Keynote Speaker

Survivor of the 7/7 terrorist attacks on the London underground in 2005

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  • Change
  • Teamwork
  • Inspiration
  • Empowerment
  • Diversity
  • Overcoming adversity
  • Achieving your goals

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Biography

On 6 July 2005 Martine Wright and work friends gathered to watch the announcement of the host city for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. The next morning, having overslept, Martine caught the Circle line and sat just three feet away from suicide bomber Shehzad Tanweer. The worst injured, 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.

In 2009, Martine Wright tried the Volleyball for the first time at the first 'have a go' session for women's Sitting Volleyball. She enjoys the sport for its inclusive nature and the focus on the team element of the game.

Wright made her debut at the 2010 Kent International against the Paralympic Champions, China, and she has now gained competitive experience of over 40 GB caps. On the court, Martine can occupy any position, including Server, Hitter, Blocker and Libero. Her most memorable achievement to date was beating Canada at the 2010 World Championships.

Outside of the sporting arena Martine graduated in 1996 with a degree in Psychology and Communication Studies from the University of East London and she is a property manager.

During her rehabilitation she got married, gave birth to a little boy, learned to ski and has undertaken a parachute jump. However she describes her greatest achievement as learning to fly solo following completion of a Douglas Bader Flying Scholarship for the Disabled in South Africa.

Since 2006, she has also been a public campaigner for the families of the victims of the 7/7 bombings.

In 2012 the GB Sitting Volleyball team took part in their first Paralympic Games at the London Paralympic Games just two years after being formed. Martine Wright had the honour of being vice captain of a team ranging in age from 14 to 42. She chose to wear the number 7 shirt in honour of the 52 people who died in the atrocities of 7/7.

In 2010, Martine was awarded the title of Hertfordshire Sportswoman of the year and then in 2012 Martine was named inspirational Woman of the Year by Zest Magazine. Also in 2012, she was awarded 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 Wright is sharing her story, her experiences and what she has taken out of her journey to be a Paralympian. She is able to tailor her presentations to suit the needs of the client. She has the ability to interact with a wide range of people and is comfortable in any environment from delivering keynote speeches for corporate markets to sporting awards evenings.

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