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 Liège), Medical books, Science Fiction movies