A survivor of the 7/7 bombings, Martine Wright considers herself lucky to be alive. Sat just 3 feet away from the suicide bomber, Martine lost 80% of her blood supply as well as both legs above the knee. The last rescued survivor of the 7/7 bombings, Martine was in a coma for 10 days and had to undergo 10 months of surgery. Through the painful days of mentally draining rehabilitation, Martine set her sights on the Paralympics and against all odds, became the captain of the British Paralympic volleyball team – a story she now shares as a diversity and inclusion speaker.
The Paralympic potential day at Stoke Mandeville hospital led her to the relatively new sport of sitting volleyball. After completing her rehabilitation, Martine learnt how to walk on prosthetics. Going from strength to strength, Martine qualified for the 2012 Paralympics with the British Volleyball team, earning 40 GB Caps. Martine has since been commended for her sporting achievements and positive attitude, awarded the 2012 Helen Rollason award at Sports Personality of the Year and hailed MBE in 2018.
Now a highly sought-after diversity & inclusion speaker, Martine readily shares her experiences and the lessons she has learnt on her journey from bomb survivor to Paralympian. Awarded autobiography of the year with ‘Unbroken’ in 2018, Martine uses her traumatic experience to motivate others. Her lust for life is contagious and inspires change in her audience, making Martine one of the most popular speakers on the circuit with talks about overcoming adversity and self-belief.
“It was brilliant, the feedback we have had already is overwhelmingly positive! so please do forward onto Martine with our thanks, and the message that she has made a huge impact on so many of us!” – Charlotte, J.P Morgan
“It was fantastic, we’ve had such lovely feedback so far! Thanks for all your help in setting up.” – Deborah, Lacoste
“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