Great Britain Sitting Volleyball Star Awarded MBE

10th June 2016

Great Britain Sitting Volleyball Star Awarded MBE

Volleyball England is delighted to share the news that London 2012 sitting volleyball player and current women’s GB sitting volleyball captain, Martine Wright has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list of 2016. The award is made in recognition of Martine’s services to sport.

Martine has become an inspirational public figure, sharing the story of her resilience and rehabilitation from the horrors of 7/7 - where she suffered immense traumas, including the loss of her legs.  After trying sitting volleyball at a ‘have a go’ session, Martine took up the sport for its inclusive nature and focus on team element, before quickly displaying the ability to make it to the very top.

Martine Wright MBE said: “I am absolutely honoured to accept this award.  I am a product of the power of sport, which has positively impacted not only my life but also those of many others across our nation.

"This is an award that recognises the contribution of volunteers, coaches and officials and those behind the scenes that help to put the ‘great’ into Britain.”

Making her Great Britain debut at the 2010 Kent International against the Paralympic Champions, China, Martine Wright has since earned more than 65 GB caps for the Great Britain sitting volleyball team.

Martine became a speaker for inspirational speakers and has subsequently spoken to thousands of people in different businesses about her experiences, and why her seven keys to success now guide her life. She has danced in a Strictly Come Dancing special, been a Champion for Team London and undertaken key work for a range of charities.

For more information about Martine’s story, visit

Great Britain Sitting Volleyball Star Awarded MBE