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Paralympic star Martine Wright appointed Team London Champion

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Paralympic sitting volleyball player Martine Wright has been appointed to the prestigious new role of Team London Champion by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson. 

Team London is the Mayor of London’s volunteering programme which was launched in 2011 to help ensure that volunteering and volunteers were having the greatest possible impact on London’s highest areas of need. 

Part of the ambition for Team London is help ensure a lasting legacy for volunteering in the capital following the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and Martine appears the perfect appointment from the Mayor as one of the new lead ambassadors for the programme.  

The inspirational athlete lost both her legs in the Aldgate underground explosion in the 7/7 bombings of 2005, the day after London were awarded the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. 

After months of surgery and lengthy rehabilitation, Martine tried a number of sports with the help of volunteers and settled on the sport of sitting volleyball and quickly rose through the ranks to become one of the top stars in the Great Britain side. 

She went on to serve as vice-captain of the ParalympicsGB team at London 2012.

In her first task as a Team London Champion, Martine joined the Mayor to recognise some of the outstanding volunteers at the 2013 Team London Awards at City Hall.  

As a new Team London Champion, Martine says she hopes to inspire even more Londoners to get involved and help their local community.

"I’m delighted to have been appointed as a Team London Champion and to help raise the profile of volunteering,” said Martine.

"So many of us provide key volunteering roles in one form or another. 

"These range from the highly celebrated Games Makers and Team London Ambassadors who made such a huge impression at last summer's Games to the wonderful individuals who were vital in managing the recovery in the aftermath of those terrible 7/7 bombings of 2005. 

"It is fantastic to be at the Team London Awards Ceremony to recognise the remarkable achievements of some of the individuals and groups who have dedicated their time and energy to helping others. 

"As an elite athlete, an inspirational speaker and as a mum, I passionately believe that volunteering within local communities is a vital part of inspiring the nation to keep the spirit of London 2012 alive.”

The 2013 Team London Awards celebrated the remarkable achievements of fifteen individuals and groups who have dedicated time and energy to helping others.

Representing every borough in London, the awards were given to volunteers for their inspiring efforts, including mentoring young people, transforming green spaces, working with young offenders, helping older Londoners and leading inspirational sports programmes.

The award winners included teenager Camilla Yahaya from Lewisham, who took the mentoring prize for her group ‘Young Citizens’ after inspiring young people across London to campaign for peace in the UK and 90 year-old Lillian Dickenson, who won the Long Service Award following over 50 years helping others in the Wandsworth community and Leonard Cheshire Day Centre. 

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


To find out more about Martine Wright, Click Here


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