London bombing survivor Martine Wiltshire selected for Paralympics

Martine Wiltshire was lost both her in the July 2005 London bombings. Photo: ITV News

A survivor of the July 7 suicide bombings spoke of her joy today at being picked to compete at the London 2012 Paralympics.

Martine Wiltshire, who took up sitting volleyball after losing her legs in the 2005 terror attacks, described her ParalympicsGB selection as "amazing".

"It's a dream, and something that I never, ever thought I'd be doing, and a journey that I never thought I'd be on."

Video report by Lewis Vaughan Jones

"This has been a long journey but it does not stop here, as we now enter our final training phase.

Wiltshire was one of the last people to be pulled from the wreckage of the tube train at Aldgate. She spent 10 days in a coma, and lost both her legs.

She is among the 21 players who make up Britain's first ever men's and women's sitting volleyball teams to compete at a Paralympics.

In July 2005, Wiltshire had been celebrating London winning the right to host the 2012 Games the night before and was running late for work as a marketing manager when she got caught up in the bombings.

"The last thing I was reading on the tube that morning before the bomb went off was about the Olympics," she told ITV News reporter Lewis Vaughan Jones.

Wiltshire feels she is lucky to be alive because she was only 3ft away from one of the bombers and 52 people were killed that day.

Wiltshire tried a taster Paralympic day and fell in love with the team sport of sitting volleyball.

The sport is in its infancy in Britain, potentially putting them at a disadvantage in comparison to their rivals, but with London 2012 on the horizon the team has made a determined push to try and prove they are worth their home nation spot.

ParalympicsGB had only sent a standing volleyball team to compete at the Games before London 2012.

It has meant that an extra focus by the British Paralympic Association and Volleyball England governing bodies so the teams could meet their "credible performance" requirement before being rubber-stamped for a home nation slot.