Seven years after losing her legs in the July 7 bombings in London, Martine Wright has said it was "destiny" that led her to compete in the Paralympics.
Martine described her "goosebumps" after fulfilling her dream of representing her country at the Games.
The 39-year-old, who proudly wears the number seven shirt in recognition of the day that changed her life, took her place in Britain's sitting volleyball team.
Along with the rest of the country, she was happily celebrating London's successful Olympic and Paralympic bid hours before the terror attack rocked Britain seven years ago.
Since then, she has become the embodiment of the Games by fighting back to fitness before taking to the court on Friday morning alongside her team-mates.
Despite going down 3-0 to Ukraine at the ExCeL Arena, Wright, from Tring, Hertfordshire, told of her love for the sport and praised the incredible crowd.
She said: "The biggest crowd we have played in front of before today was 250, so to come here is really amazing.
"As a team we are really proud of ourselves. We have only got two-and-a-half years of experience and this is the first ever GB team so I am really proud, and this is the start of our journey."
The mother-of-one, whose son Oscar was due to watch from the sidelines, is among the 21 players who make up Britain's first ever men's and women's Paralympics sitting volleyball teams.