Martine Wright, a survivor of the 7/7 bombings, made her Paralympic debut on Friday as she represented Team GB in the preliminary round of the women's seated volleyball against the Ukraine.

Wright, 39, was 3ft away from suicide bomber Shehzad Tanweer on the morning of the attacks when he detonated a rucksack full of explosives on the tube near Aldgate station.

Wright lost both her legs, 75% of her blood and was in a coma for ten days. Only the actions of off-duty police officer Elizabeth Kenworthy, who tied tourniquets around her legs, saved her life.

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Martine Wright (left) cheers on her seated volleyball teammates

Seven other people on the train died.

Wright had spent the evening before the attacks celebrating the announcement that London would be hosting the 2012 Olympics.

Wright believes that her life has come full circle. She told the Guardian: ""There's definitely something. I don't know whether it's spiritual or it's fate, but I really truly believe that I was meant to do this journey.

"I definitely cannot ignore the fact that the day before I lost my legs I was celebrating that London had won the Olympic bid," she said. "The last thing I was reading on the tube in the newspaper was about the Olympics.''

Wright is competing in Team GB's first ever seated volleyball team.

Unfortunately the inexperienced team were no match for the European Champions Ukraine this morning as they lost 25-9 25-20 25-14.

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  • Martine Wright (centre) and her team-mates ahead of the Preliminary match in the Women's Sitting Volleyball at the Excel Arena, London.

  • Martine Wright cheers on her team-mates during the Preliminary match in the Women's Sitting Volleyball at the Excel Arena, London.

  • Great Britain's Martine Wright during the Women's Sitting Volleyball during at the Bath Sports Training Village, Bath

  • Great Britain's Martine Wright being interviewed following the Women's Sitting Volleyball training during at the Bath Sports Training Village, Bath

  • Martine Wright (7) during the Women's Sitting Volleyball during at the Bath Sports Training Village, Bath

  • Martine Wright (7) during the Women's Sitting Volleyball during at the Bath Sports Training Village, Bath

  • Again, training in Bath

  • Former marketing manager Martine Wright, works out in a gym with other members of the Great Britain sitting volleyball team, in London

  • Martine Wright, a former marketing manager who lost both legs in the July 7, 2005 London subway bombings that killed 52 commuters, works out in a London's gym with the Great Britain sitting volleyball team

  • Martine Wright arrives at the High Court in London to give evidence in the 7/7 attacks inquest

  • Julie Larcombe, holds up a photo of Martine Wright who was still unaccounted for on the day of the bombings.