Tring gives Paralympian Martine a big cheer

MCHG 12-884   Martine Wright in Church Square, Tring.  She is photographed with son Oscar Wiltshire, three, husband Nick Wiltshire,'MP David Gauke and Tring Mayor Nick Hollinghurst.
MCHG 12-884 Martine Wright in Church Square, Tring. She is photographed with son Oscar Wiltshire, three, husband Nick Wiltshire,'MP David Gauke and Tring Mayor Nick Hollinghurst.

Athlete Martine Wright has been given a hero’s welcome following her exploits with Paralympics GB.

Martine, 40, lost her legs in the London bombings in July 2005 and took up sitting volleyball as part of rehabilitation sessions at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

Her team failed to get out of the group stages at London 2012. But her fighting spirit and refusal to give up has seen her win an army of fans.

It is now hoped that she can harness the momentum following the success of the games to inspire the next generation of youngsters.

Members of Tring Youth Town Council hosted an invite-only get together for Martine, her family and other special guests at Temperance Hall in Tring on Saturday.

Youth council clerk Emma Cave said: “Martine said she would like to inspire the kids with a talk but it is yet to be arranged.

“It will be great for them. Lots of them came to see her and wanted photographs with her. She’s a celebrity.

“The youth council came up with the idea for the event during the torch relay through Tring and it has turned out to be such a positive day.”

Martine took to her Twitter page to tell of her excitement about the day, saying: “Amazing day. Tring organised a homecoming ceremony for their very own Paralympian. Great place, even better people!”