Maarten Sikking

Martinus Jacobus Maria "Maarten" Sikking (13 February 1948 – 5 May 2009) was a field hockey goalkeeper from the Netherlands. He competed at the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics, where his team finished in fourth place on both occasions.[1]

Maarten Sikking
Maarten Sikking (1978).jpg
Maarten Sikking in 1978
Personal information
Born13 February 1948
Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands
Died5 May 2009 (aged 61)
Bali, Indonesia
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
Sport
SportField hockey
ClubHTCC, Eindhoven
Medal record
Representing the  Netherlands
Hockey World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1973 Amstelveen Team
Silver medal – second place 1978 Buenos Aires Team
EuroHockey Nations Championship
Silver medal – second place 1970 Brussels Team
Bronze medal – third place 1974 Madrid Team
Silver medal – second place 1978 Hannover Team

Between 1970 and 1980 Sikking played 123 international matches.[2] His most remarkable game was the 1973 World Cup final in Amstelveen, the Netherlands, where he stopped one penalty shot in overtime, and two more in the penalty series. As a result, Netherlands won their first international hockey title.[1]

Sikking was considered one of the best goalkeepers of his time, but never won an Olympic medal. He had high hopes for the 1980 Moscow Games, and after they were boycotted by the Dutch Hockey Federation he burned his hockey gear and retired from competitions. Later he worked in insurance and was involved in various charities in developing countries. He moved to Bali, Indonesia, where he set up a school, married his third wife, and died aged 61.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Maarten Sikking. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Maarten Sikking Archived 25 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine. knhb.nl
 
Maarten Sikking is saving a penalty in the 1973 World Cup semifinal against Germany