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Turning floor cleaners into future Paralympians

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What would you do if your life changed in an instant? Martine Wright found this out for herself in London, on 7 July 2005, when she lost both legs in the tube bombings.

Wright’s subsequent realisation that 52 people lost their lives in the terrorist attacks heightened a need to change within herself.

“Everyone in here is scared of change, but with change comes opportunity.”

“I didn’t die that day, I had a choice,” she said. “Everyone in here is scared of change, but with change comes opportunity.” After spending a year learning to walk on prosthetic legs, Wright found a love of sitting volleyball, which led her to represent Great Britain at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, as the team’s vice captain.

Now captain, she emphasised the importance of communication in building successful teams. “The only way to succeed was by sticking together and agreeing on clear, concise goals,” she explained. Proclaiming seven to be her lucky number, Wright also shared her life strategies – her ‘power of seven’ – which she credits as the reason for her survival: choices; maximising every opportunity; embracing change; the power of sport; teamwork; team ‘me’; and ‘belief’.

Wright urged delegates to identify their own ‘power of 7’, concluding her talk with the motivating statement: “Please believe that absolutely anything is possible, if you just believe.”

Emily  Sexton-Brown

By Emily Sexton-Brown

Emily is the commissioning editor at Changeboard

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