Oliver Marteel
The Gent from Ghent


Date of birth: May 10th 1969

Born: Nieuwpoort (Belgian Coast between French Boarder and Ostend)

 

Lives: Deinze (25km from Ghent)


Highest break? Practice : 133 / Official game : 78


Qualified as a referee? 1994


First pro match? Masters Qualifying 2006.


Most memorable match? In front of a full crowd, the 2009 European Open Final between Tony Drago and Roy Stolk. Just magic! Tony Drago won his return ticket to the Main Tour 2009-2010.


Most embarrassing moment? Arriving in Aberdeen for the 2007 Grand Prix, but my luggage arrived 3 days later...


If you weren't a referee what would you do? Spend much more time with my family.


Which is the toughest rule to apply? The simultaneous hit rule.


What do you carry in your pocket? 4 ball-markers, a £2 pound piece, a pen and a picture of my deceased grandfather.


Where do you get your gloves? Self-supply. I buy them from a Belgian manufacturing company that's delivering to the Belgian Police.


Interests? Football (Standard Club de Li├Ęge), Medical books, Science Fiction movies