A Paralympic volleyball player with an inspirational, yet tragic, backstory, Martine Wright has become one of the most sought-after virtual speakers around. In July 2005, Martine’s life was changed forever when she found herself just feet away from a suicide bomber as they detonated an explosive device on the London Underground.
What followed was a miraculous recovery and Martine went on to become a highly successful Paralympic volleyball player for Team GB, representing the team 40 times. She has since used her incredibly traumatic experience to become a keynote speaker selling out huge venues including the Wembley Arena. As a virtual speaker, Martine can bring her stunning story of bravery, resilience, and determination to audiences everywhere, explaining to people how she bounced back from this experience which included learning to walk again. Due to her exceptional sporting endeavour and positive approach to life, Martine won the Helen Rollason award at the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards, a true testament to her remarkable recovery.
On the 7th July 2005, Martine was heading to work on the London Underground at Aldgate station. Unbeknownst to her, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive just feet away from where she sat. Incredibly Martine survived but was left with life-changing injuries including the loss of both her legs. She also lost 80% of her body’s blood and was put in a coma for ten days. Martine later took up sitting volleyball as part of her recovery and didn’t look back.
Since competing at the London Paralympics in 2012 Martine has gone on to become a highly respected television reporter working for the BBC and Channel 4 at the Paralympics in Rio in 2016. Now, she works as a public speaker sharing her experiences with people all over the country. Despite going through such a traumatic event Martine remains incredibly positive and enthusiastic in everything she does, something that shines through during her fantastic virtual speaking events.
Martine Wright is regularly booked to engage audiences at virtual events, read their latest feedback below:
“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!”
“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.”
“I wanted to let you know that we had a fantastic session with Martine last Thursday and to thank you for your help with arrangements. On behalf of the Members of HLK, Rolf and myself would you please pass on our thanks to Martine for conducting a truly memorable presentation. We wanted Martine’s story to challenge and inspire our team and she most certainly delivered! This is the second time I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Martine speak and she was every bit as impressive this time as the last. It was an absolute privilege for me to spend time in her company”
“I love the idea of having team values, have already set up time with my team for us to talk about and decide ours!”
“…one of the best sessions I have attended, an amazing story and very inspirational. Just the uplift people need…………:-) “
“Great inspirational talk. It’s her mindset around seeing this as the life she was always meant to have rather than ‘mourning’ for the life that might have been that really strikes me about her. If she makes that Snow trip she was talking about, we should definitely have her back!”
“I found the session with Martine so moving and inspirational. What an amazing woman. “
“Wow! That was incredible… what an amazing person.”
“I loved the fact that she got her inspiration from her physio”
“Thank you so much for setting up this talk, fantastic and Martine is truly inspirational. Spent half of this talk in tears, but laughing as well”
“It was fantastic, we’ve had such lovely feedback so far! Thanks for all your help in setting up.”