Following last week’s spotlight on UDP at the Olympics Games in Rio, EHF is delighted to find that UDP’s own Laurine Delforge (BEL) has been appointed to umpire the final gold medal match of this Olympics, alongside South Africa’s Michelle Joubert. The final will see Great Britain take on the Netherlands, who are pursuing their third consecutive Olympic gold. On finding out about her appointment, following a great performance at her very first Olympics, Laurine tweeted: “Crying tears of joy.┬áCan’t believe I’m appointed to the FINAL of the #Olympics.” The final will take place this evening at 22:00 CET.

Sarah Wilson (SCO), also a UDP family member has been appointed to the Bronze medal match between Germany and New Zealand. Sarah will umpire this match alongside Argentina’s Irene Presenqui. The Bronze medal match will take place today at 17:00 CET.

Sara Wilson (SCO)
Sara Wilson (SCO)

On the men’s side, Germany’s Christian Blasch umpired the final match up between Belgium and Argentina, alongside South Africa’s John Wright. This is Christian’s fourth Olympic Games. The bronze medal match saw Germany meet the Netherlands and emerge victorious, with Spain’s Marcelo Serveto and Great Britain’s Martin Madden umpiring.

As the hockey ends at these Olympic Games, the European Hockey Federation would like to congratulate Laurine and Sarah on this wonderful and well-deserved achievement but also congratulate and thank all the European Officials at these games!

Edna Rutten (NED), Sylvie Petitjean (FRA), Christian Deckenbrock (GER) and Bjorn Isberg (SWE) – Assistant Technical Delegates.

Antonio Aguilera (ESP) – Judge

Henrik Ehlers (DEN) – Umpires Manager

Carol Metchette (IRL) and Andy Mair (GBR) – Video Umpires

Fanneke Alkemade (NED), Laurine Delforge (BEL), Elena Eskina (RUS), Michelle Meister (GER), Sarah Wilson (GBR), Christian Blasch (GER), Marcin Grochal (POL), Martin Madden (GBR), Marcelo Servetto (ESP), Nathan Stagno (GBR), Coen Van Bunge (NED) and Paco Vazquez (ESP) – Umpires.