Unbroken - Martine Wright's story
13th July 2017
Five years on from the London Olympics and Paralympics, the name of Martine Wright is one which still resonates with volleyballers across this country. Catapulted into the public psyche as part of the Great Britain sitting volleyball team at the Paralympics, Martine’s back-story was one of unimaginable horror, after she was caught up in the London Underground bombings of 7/7.
Back then, in 2005, Martine was a marketing manager for a web company, focused on her career. Ten years later, she was voted one of the ’50 most powerful women in British sport’ by The Independent.
She was the Helen Rollason award winner at Sports Personality of the Year 2012 and last year was awarded an MBE for her services to sport and her work as a role model for amputee athletes.
For the first time, with the launch of her new book, Unbroken, she’s now telling the full story of the day that changed everything and the extraordinary life she went on to live as one of the lucky few survivors of 7/7.
Martine’s life changed forever that day when she lost both of her legs in the bombings. She was, in fact, the last person to be brought out alive. She lost 80 per cent of her blood, was in a coma for seven days and underwent months of surgery. Unbroken is her deeply moving and inspiring account of how she survived one of the worst terrorist attacks in British history and turned that trauma and tragedy into hope.
Not only did Martine survive her horrific injuries but she went on to take up sitting volleyball as part of her rehabilitation before eventually representing Great Britain at the London Paralympics.
She has also skydived, earned her pilot’s license, become a wife and a mother, as well as a charity ambassador, mentor to patients and an inspirational and motivational speaker. She is undoubtedly a national figure: a formidable, powerful, brilliantly funny, hugely engaging heroine who has come back – almost literally – from the dead.
Martine is now busy sharing her journey from despair to determination to succeed through her motivational talks and has spoken to audiences in excess of 10,000 at Wembley Arena and the O2. She lives in Hertfordshire with her husband Nick, son Oscar and Daisy the dog and is living testament to how catastrophic life changes can have positive outcomes.
Unbroken goes on sale in hardback today.