Martine Wright

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Martine Wright
Great Britain
League Paralympics
Personal information
Born (1972-09-30) 30 September 1972 (age 41)
London
Nationality United Kingdom GBR
Career information
College East London
Pro playing career 2007–present
Career highlights and awards
2012 BBC Sports Personality Helen Rollason Award

Martine Wiltshire, known as Martine Wright (born in London, 30 September 1972),[1] is a British sitting volleyball player.[2]

Wright lost both of her legs in the Aldgate underground explosion in the 7/7 London bombings in 2005.[3] She lost 80%[4] of the blood in her body and was in a coma for ten days and had to undergo ten months of surgery following the injury.[5][6]

As part of her rehabilitation she played wheelchair tennis before focusing on sitting volleyball.[2] Wright was an initial member of the Great Britain women's squad which began playing together in late 2009, making her debut at the 2010 Kent International tournament against Paralympic Champions, China. In July 2012 she was picked to represent Great Britain's women's sitting volleyball team at the sitting volleyball event in the 2012 Summer Paralympics.[1][6]

Personal life[edit]

Wright gained a degree in Psychology and Communication Studies from the University of East London in 1996.[1] After the 7/7 bombings she campaigned for better compensation for victims of the bombings and their families and has been an ambassador for sport for the disabled.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Martine Wiltshire". www.paralympics.co.uk. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Martine Wright's London 2012 dream". Channel 4 TV. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "7/7 One day in London". www.radiotimes.co.uk. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Martine Wright". www.guardian.co.uk. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Koski, John (1 July 2012). "Going for gold: ‘We’re making history’". www.dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "London 2012 Paralympics: 7/7 bomb victim Martine Wiltshire announced in GB women sitting volleyball team". www.telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 6 July 2012.