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Tring Paralympian who lost both legs in London 7/7 bombings singled out for praise on Strictly Come Dancing

Martine Wright performing in Strictly Come Dancing.

Martine Wright performing in Strictly Come Dancing.

A Tring sportswoman who played volleyball for Britain seven years after losing her legs in the 7/7 bombings was singled out for praise during a TV dance contest.

Martine Wright was competing against three other 2012 Team GB Paralympians in the Sport Relief special broadcast of BBC One hit show Strictly Come Dancing on Friday night.

The 41 year old, who lost 80 per cent of her blood and was in a coma for 10 days after the 7/7 bombings, was dance partner to Ian Waite.

She particularly impressed judge and retired Royal Ballet dancer Darcey Bussell, who said her moves ‘stood out’ during the group performance.

Darcey said: “I think you gave it feeling and passion and all the way through you focused on Ian and I understand what that’s like. It’s very difficult to take your eyes off Ian.”

Martine narrowly lost the competition to wheelchair-bound Hannah Cockroft, who holds the Paralympic and world records for both the 100 metres T34 and 200 metres T34.

Hannah can now put the Strictly glitterball trophy next to her Gold medals in the two athletics events from the London 2012 Olympics.

Speaking to presenter of the dance show Tess Daly afterwards, Martine described her experience on it as ‘amazing’.

Martine said: “Whose dream wouldn’t be being swung round the dance floor by a 6”5’ dancer? I loved it.

“But really, it has helped me discover dance again. It has been absolutely amazing this week, and now I am going to be the first one on that dance floor.”

You can watch Martine in action by clicking here

 

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