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- 08 October 2014 00:00
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Paralympic sitting volleyball star and 7/7 survivor Martine Wright gave an inspiring message at a special KPMG team-building event stage at the 02 Arena in London.
KPMG is one of the largest professional services companies in the world and the event at the O2 Arena saw over 12,000 of their employees in attendance.
Martine was invited alongside various other high-profile figures from the world of entertainment including presenter and comedian Lenny Henry, rapper Tinie Tempah, chef Jamie Oliver and singer-songwriter Sir Bob Geldof.
Martine’s message was "Inspiring confidence and empowering change” - a message that came directly from her own remarkable journey of triumph over adversity.
Martine herself 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.
She was the last survivor to be recovered and required numerous operations to stay alive due to the amount of blood she lost.
Not one ever to be defeated, Martine learnt to walk again on prosthetic legs, to sky dive and to fly a plane.
But her biggest triumph came when she pushed herself to new boundaries in order to compete in front of a jubilant home crowd as part of the GB Sitting Volleyball team at the London 2012 Paralympics.
"It was terrible what happened that day on 7/7,” explained Martine.
"I think of the 52 people who died that day and I’m so lucky to have been saved.
"I want my journey to show that something good can come out of something so bad and there can be light when there is darkness.
"If you give it your all, anything is possible.
"I showed that when I pushed new boundaries after losing my legs in order to compete at the greatest show on earth at the London 2012 Paralympics.”
When she speaks, Martine shares her reasons for choosing to wear the Number 7 shirt at London 2012 as a mark of respect for those who died on 7/7 and explains the need to find team unity in order to achieve success.
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