Marelize de Klerk, the South African World Panel Umpire, umpired her 200th Senior International in Dublin today, when she officiated the match between Azerbaijan & Ireland.
In doing so, she became the first female Umpire to achieve this landmark. To date only two male Umpires have reached the 200 Senior International milestone, Alain Renaud (FRA) in 1991 and Santiago Deo (ESP) in 1995. Our congratulations go to Marelize on this outstanding achievement.
In a stellar umpiring career, Marelize has umpired at three Olympic Games in Sydney (AUS) in 2000, Athens (GRE) in 2004 and Beijing (CHN) in 2008. She has also blown her whistle at three World Cups – Perth (AUS) in 2002, Madrid (ESP) in 2004 and Rosario (ARG) in 2008 – and also officiated at no less than seven Champions Trophies.
Marelize has umpired many finals during her illustrious career but when asked which games were the most significant in both her first and second hundred games she nominated the Olympic final in Athens in 2004 and the World Cup Final in Rosario in 2010.
Over the years, Marelize has earned considerable respect from players, coaches and the FIH hockey family who recognise her ongoing efforts to positively influence this wonderful game of ours. To be able to maintain such a high standard over this significant period of time is indeed a wonderful achievement.
Prior to the match, Marelize was presented with a bouquet of flowers from FIH Executive Board Member Anne Ellis.
The FIH wishes sincere congratulations to Marelize on reaching such a remarkable landmark.Back