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Paralympian Martine Wright to join CSP Network Board

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Paralympic sitting volleyball star Martine Wright has been appointed to join the County Sports Partnership Network (CSP Network) Board, where she will serve as an independent member.

The inspirational athlete almost died in the 7/7 bombings in 2005 after the infamous terrorist attacks on the London Underground saw her lose both of her legs.

But in a tremendous display of triumph over adversity, Martine recovered from the traumatic experience and then showed the skill, talent and determination to represent Britain in sitting volleyball at the London 2012 Paralympics.

The remarkable feat 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.

At the ceremony, she received a standing ovation as she spoke emotionally about her long-term ambition to inspire the nation.

Martine will take up her position on the CSP Network Board this autumn, where she will help provide strategic leadership of the CSPs across the country.

"We are delight that Martine has accepted our invitation to join the CSP Network Board,” the CSP Network Chief Executive Lee Mason exclusively told Community Sport Network.

"We feel that with Martine’s wide skill set and strong marketing background, she will be able to provide a different viewpoint and give valuable advice for us.

"Disability sport is also something that is very important to us and from that point of view; it is fantastic to have Martine given her standing as an elite Paralympic athlete.

"We delighted to have her with us.”

The CSP Network Board is chaired by Richard Saunders and includes nine directors, who are appointed from each region in England. 

Martine is set to bring significant experience to the Board as she gained a degree in Psychology and Communication Studies from the University of East London in 1996 and is currently one of the leading speakers on the London 2012 Games.

In one of her most recent engagements, she supported Mayor of London Boris Johnson at a special Games legacy press conference at City Hall that 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.

To book Martine Wright as a speaker for an event, please email helen@inspiredexchange.co.uk
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