Martine Wright lost both legs in the Circle line bombing, yet she considers herself a lucky woman with a whole new life of opportunities
Martine Wright lost both legs in the 7/7 terrorist attacks on the London underground. She has since rebuilt her life, skydived, learned to fly, and become a member of the British 2012 Paralympic volleyball team.
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.
It's the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics that gave her life new shape and her days meaning. For everybody in Britain, those two days were among the strangest and most shocking in recent history for Martine it provided a spring board for new opportunities and goals and a new life!
Martine is now busy 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.
Martine Wright is not a politician . She doesn't have her own chat show. As Yet she has not run a corporation listed on the FTSE 100 Yet those gathered in the council chamber of City Hall at the Team London Annual Volunteering Awards were privelidged to hear one of the best public speakers around. She is no Churchill, filling a room with eloquent stirrings. Rather, Martine Wright has the unusual gift of being able to address 300 people simultaneously and yet make every single one of them think she is chatting with them alone. Informal and relaxed, she holds her audience spellbound as she talks them through her story. And what a story it is.
To book Martine as an After Dinner, Motivational or Business Speaker to inspire your audience, please contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent on 020 7251 8222.
We wanted to thank you for your truly inspiring speech today- looking at the evaluations the audience found you inspirational and courageous. Your phrases such as “anything is possible if you believe, if not you then who, if not now then when and good comes out of bad” really resonated with them and helped them consider some of the challenges they face. Thank you once again for sharing your story with us and helping to make our conference such a success- it was great to meet you.
Herts Community NHS Trust
- Former Home Secretary who continues to inform government policy on the voluntary sector, social mobility and affordable credit.
Rt Hon David Blunkett MP
- Former World Snooker player and popular DJ known as 'Thundermuscle' and 'Rocky Flame'.
Steve Davis OBE
- Four-time Paralympic Champion and GB'S youngest ever individual winner in either Paralympic or Olympic Games.