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- 31 July 2013 00:00
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Inspirational Paralympian Martine Wright, who almost died in the 7/7 bombings in 2005, says that the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have left of legacy showing that sport can inspire a better world.
Wright became one of the stars of the 2012 Paralympics as she represented Britain in sitting volleyball at the Games just over seven years after the terrorist attacks on the London Underground that saw her lose both of her legs.
Her remarkable tale of triumph over adversity to make it to the Paralympic Games saw the 40-year-old Londoner presented with the prestigious Helen Rollason Award at the glittering 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony.
And one year on from the Games, Wright said that London 2012 has left a lasting impression across the UK.
"I think that London 2012 proved sport can very much inspire a better world,” Wright said at a special Games legacy press conference a City Hall that was led by Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
"On a personal level, I count myself lucky that I have done this journey and that I have been able to inspire people along the way.
"For me, the bombings and London 2012 will always be inextricably linked because they came the day after the London was awarded the right to stage the Games.
"But I do believe in turning things around and that something good can come out of something bad.
"Anyone who goes through something so dramatic, and maybe so negative, can get so many positives afterwards.
"To go from that dark day to being part of one of the biggest things that has ever happened, and to represent my country on the ultimate stage was truly amazing.
"No-one should underestimate the power of sport as a rehabilitation tool.
"For me, it gave me my confidence back and it gave me a goal again; a dream - something I could work towards.
"I've been given a rare opportunity that I never ever dreamed of when I had legs.”
As well as Wright and the Mayor of London, the special legacy press conference at City Hall also featured Britain’s Minister for Sport and Tourism Hugh Robertson, former London 2012 chief executive and current commercial secretary to the Treasury Lord Paul Deighton and Olympic rowing champion Anna Watkins.
"I think the Olympic Games were such a success they gripped people in a way we never expected,” said the Mayor of London.
"It’s the most emotionally engaging thing we have ever done as a nation.
"We’re achieving an incredible physical legacy from the Games.
"One year on from London's Olympic and Paralympic Games and we are defying the sceptics who prophesied a herd of white elephants.”