The only surprise is that the Scottish Government's decision to award the former swimmer a new four-year term was done with minimal fuss. Many observers with hefty stakes in the direction of the Glasgow-based agency are still blissfully ignorant of the news, almost three months on.
It jars with the 65-year-old's conspicuous approach since she first accepted the post. Regarded as hands-on, insiders confirm she is on deck for more than the two-and-a-half days per week required for her stipend of £29,029. She has, unquestionably, also become the organisation's public face and chief influencer. That modus operandi has not courted universal favour, but few doubt her commitment to a quango the very existence of which had been under threat when the SNP took charge.
This, you sense, may be an opportune moment to tap the administration for additional backing, not less, with the fervour of London still fresh in the public's mind and with so much political capital being staked on Glasgow's Commonwealth Games in two years' time.
"It will be easier," reflects Martin, "because the sports minister was there and saw the outcome of what we'd been doing for the past four years. We can justify our case. We can justify the ask. For the next three to four months, we'll go into the review from the Olympics and Paralympics then look ahead to Sochi 2014 [the Winter Olympics].
"We have to start that process now. I'm convinced we will need more money because we'll have more athletes on the team, and better athletes. It will be difficult but I'm sure, if we put our case properly, they'll look at it."
Elite sport – which has already received an extra £1m via the recent Scottish budget – does not come cheap. Redressing decades of neglect of sport in communities carries an even larger price tag. With the Scottish Institute of Sport now fully integrated into sportscotland, the organisation's remit has become all-encompassing.
That presents as many challenges, as opportunities, Martin concedes. As with her chief executive, Stewart Harris, the issue of prising open school facilities and providing affordable access has become a personal crusade. Is that an example, you wonder, where resistance on the ground can still frustrate the policy makers?
Martin is diplomatic, but sounds a note of frustration.
"It's the way the education system is working, and the way schools are run," she says. "There are a number of schools open in the evenings and at weekends, but it's a case of talking to head teachers and janitors. But we'll get there."
Setting out the priorities for what will surely be her final term of office, access is a constant thread – getting more children off the sofa and into gyms; pensioners too. The success of London in inspiring several generations will surely lend a hand.
Glasgow 2014 has likewise profited from the reflected glow, but expectations for what it will deliver have been raised in the wake of the Olympics and Paralympics. As a competitor in the 1962 Commonwealth Games, Martin witnessed the event in its true heyday, but she is a staunch advocate of the brand, serving as honorary secretary of the Commonwealth Games Federation.
That additional role has come in for criticism in some quarters. With sportscotland able to channel funding – or not – towards disciplines which will be part of the programme in Glasgow, some senior figures within Scottish sport have quietly called for her to relinquish her Commonwealth role to avoid any perceived conflict of interest.
Martin, however, is steadfast in maintaining her involvement on all fronts, and she is unabashed about targeting resources to ensure that there are not just Scottish medals in Glasgow, but in Sochi, Rio and beyond. To accomplish that, she acknowledges, the system can, and must, improve.
"We have to make sure all the coaches, plus back-of-house staff such as sports scientists and medics, are given every opportunity to keep up their training. If we can put an individual package around each athlete, and make sure the funding follows them, I'm convinced we'll do even better," she says.