Martine lost both legs in the 7/7 Circle Line bombing. She was last to be rescued. Trapped in debris for an hour, she’d lost 80% of her blood supply. Then came a year of rehabilitation during which she learned to walk again, with prosthetics. Yet she still sees herself as lucky: the Paralympics, secured the day before the bombings, gave her a new goal. She now has 40 GB caps in sitting volleyball. The ex-marketing manager addresses change, goal-setting and diversity.
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, 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.
As Martine regained her confidence, she also regained the ambition she once had in her career as international marketing manager for CNET. A Paralympic potential day at Stoke Mandeville hospital led her to the relatively new sport of sitting (not wheelchair) volleyball.
Since her injury, Martine 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. Martine’s is a remarkable story of suffering and recovery, determination and self-belief.
To book Martine Wright as the sports speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing email@example.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.
When at corporate events, Martine is known to cover the following topics:
- Overcoming Adversity
- The Paralympics
- Drive & Determination
- Peak Performance
- 2012 Paralympics
“She made us feel that anything is possible, so long as you have determination” – HFMA
“It was a great pleasure to have met you and attended your short program on leadership. You were able to connect and engage with a large CIO/CFO group and presented like an insider talking our language. With credible evidence, you have successfully laid the seeds of positive engagement and collaboration into the mind of these leaders which I believe is critical for our success. Borrowing words from our CFO, your session was of high quality and with the right impact. Looking forward to working with you in future.”
Jojo Scaria – McDonald’s Middle East Development Company
‘Martine was absolutely incredible. Every single person in that room was completely moved and inspired by her’.
Lia – GBK
Thank you so much for coming down to Southampton yesterday and for spending time with us. Your speech(es) were so incredibly motivating and captivating. The feedback from our staff has been overwhelmingly positive. Not just your story and how you tell it, but a number of people commented on how it was evident you had taken the time to understand our change and connect it to your Power of 7. Your grounded approach really also hit home with our people. We really don’t know how we are going to top your event! Thanks again for sharing your incredible story and insight.