Tring gets its chance to say: Well done, Martine

Martine Wright.
Martine Wright.

Plans are being put in place to hold a civic reception for Paralympic sports star Martine Wright.

Tring Town Council along with the town’s Youth Council have made the first steps into having a celebration to say well done to the athlete, who lives in the town.

Councillors discussed the idea with Tring Youth Council’s Emma Cave at Monday night’s town council meeting and decided that the reception should go ahead.

Deputy mayor Councillor Roxanne Ransley said that the plans were in their infancy and that the council was still waiting for a confirmed date when Martine would be free to attend.

She said: “We spoke to people about it during the night the Paralympic torch came through the town. We want to give the people the chance to say well done to Martine.

“Nothing has been confirmed yet but it may be a two-fold event with a reception taking place at the Youth Centre as well as another in Church Square.”

Martine, who lives in Beaconsfield Road, lost both her legs on July 7, 2005, when suicide bomber Shehzad Tanweer blew himself up at Aldgate underground station.

She took up sport as part of her recuperation and has now represented her country on the biggest stage of all.

Although the results did not go Britain’s way – they lost each of their sitting volleyball games 3-0 – it was a landmark occasion for the GB squad, the first British team to ever compete at the Paralympics.

Martine’s journey has been used as an inspirational story of courage and determination leading up to the Games, and her resilience defined just what the Paralympics is all about.