Martin was a Lance Corporal in the Royal Logistical Corps. While serving in Afghanistan he was seriously injured when a suicide bomber drove into his vehicle in Kabul on August 18t, 2009. He suffered multiple injuries to his lungs, legs, shoulder, bi-lateral knee injuries, various muscle tears, shrapnel all over his body and now has arthritis. He was given 10 per cent chance of living. However, he has made remarkable progress with his recovery although he has had to have multiple surgeries throughout the years and has struggled with PTSD.
In 2017 Martin represented The United Kingdom at the Invictus Games in Toronto, winning a number of medals including gold in Men’s Heavyweight Powerlifting and the Men’s Indoor Rowing Sprint. Martin lives with his partner Beckie, who is currently serving with the Royal Air Force at RAF Benson and is a loving father to his sons Luke and Owen. He is a British Indoor Rowing Champion and is also a water- skiing Instructor at The Battleback Centre, encouraging and mentoring fellow injured Servicemen.