Paralympian and inspirational speaker Martine Wright lost both legs in the London terrorist attacks of 2005. Ever since, this 7/7 bombing survivor rebuilt her life and has shared her inspirational journey and touching story of personal triumph over adversity with the world.
On 6 July 2005, Martine celebrated the announcement of the host city for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games with her work friends. The next day, her life changed when she took the Circle Line in the morning and sat next to one of the suicide bombers. After the worst terrorist attacks in British history, she started a long and hard journey towards recovery. Along the way, she became interested in sports, ultimately becoming member and captain of the Great Britain Women’s Sitting Volleyball team.
Martine was awarded Inspirational Women of the Year 2012 and appointed Team London Leader by Major of London Boris Johnson, which are only a few of her many achievements and recognitions. Prior to her participation in the 2012 Paralympic Games, her most outstanding sporting achievement was beating Canada at the 2010 World Championships. Also a published author, this Paralympic athlete shared her story in her book ‘Unbroken. My story of survival, from 7/7 bombings to Paralympics success’.
Martine graduated from the University of East London in 1996 with a degree in Psychology and Communication Studies and worked as International Marketing Manager for CNET before the 7/7 bombings. Now a sports speaker who inspires thousands with her powerful speeches, Martine is the patron of five charities and serves as a keynote speaker at numerous high-profile events across the UK. With the ability to address hundreds of people and yet make everybody feel she is chatting with them alone, Martine manages to create an informal and relaxed atmosphere during her talks.
Some of the key speaking topics this successful Paralympian and motivational speaker discusses during her speeches are:
- Embracing change
- Maximising true opportunity
- Overcoming Adversity
- Marginal Gain
- Belief and Ownership
This Paralympic athlete made her sporting debut in 2010 and, after the attacks, she has also learned to fly an aircraft, to ski and has skydived from 10,000 feet, not to mention her most exciting adventure: getting married and giving birth to her first child.
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