Maddie Hinch thanks Dutch airline for whisking her to Olympic parade


Hockey gold medalist Maddie Hinch had a Dutch airline to thank for flying her back in time to make the Olympic and Paralympic celebration parade in Manchester.

The Team GB goalkeeper posted an impassioned plea on Twitter to get her back to Britain after her flight home from Amsterdam on Monday was cancelled, and KLM Airlines responded by booking her on one of their routes to Manchester.

Hinch was grateful that there was no grudge held towards her from the people of Holland after her four penalty shoot-out saves in the Olympic final denied the Dutch a third successive women's hockey gold.

"My flight was cancelled, a flat tyre on the plane - what on earth," she said.

"It was a bit of a nightmare to make sure I got here in time but thankfully I got it all sorted."

Great Britain's goalkeeper Maddie Hinch saving a penalty from Netherland's Maartje Paumen at Rio 2016 - (David Davies/PA)
(David Davies/PA)

"I put something on Twitter in pure anger and then it went a bit mad and everyone started trying to help me get to Manchester," Maddie continued. "KLM Airlines heard and they got me through real quick.

"They are not holding the gold medal against me too much over there so that's good. It's very ironic that the Dutch came to the rescue!"

The 28-year-old landed back in time to join the 350 athletes that were paraded through the streets of Manchester, as an estimated 200,000 people braved the rain to celebrate Team GB and ParalympicsGB's success in Brazil this summer.