Olympic star: Team GB hockey goalkeeper Maddie Hinch, 28, is stranded in Amsterdam
The Team GB hockey goalkeeper who helped steer the women’s team to gold has been left stranded in Amsterdam ahead of the Olympic parade in Manchester today.
Maddie Hinch, 28, was due to fly on a Flybe flight from Schipol to Manchester Airport at 10.25am, arriving in time for the 4.30pm start of the victory parade.
But the flight was cancelled and Hinch is now racing to find another way back so she can join her teammates and other Team GB heroes at the victory event.
Hinch posted on Twitter this morning: ‘Brilliant… @flybe cancel my flight to Manchester & now im struggling to get back in time for the @TeamGB parade!!! HELP #needajet’.
A follower responded to her plea within minutes, writing: ‘@easyjet have a 13:55 flight direct to manc from amsterdam if that would work?’
Hinch replied: ‘that would work!! @easyjet pls help me out and get me on that flight please – I cant miss the @TeamGB parade today’.
Star performance: The goalie, pictured, helped steer Team GB’s women’s hockey team to gold
Appeal: The sports star took to Twitter to ask for help getting back to Britain
The hockey ace later appealed to KLM for help, writing: ‘@KLM you have a 12:40 flight to Manchester that I HAVE TO MAKE for @TeamGB parade!!! Please help me #stuckinamsterdam’.
Hinch, from Pulborough, West Sussex, moved to the Netherlands after the Olympics to work with a Dutch hockey team.
Known as Mad Dog because of her bravery, Hinch steered Britain to their first ever women’s hockey gold as Team GB eclipsed all expectations with a 67-medal haul.
Plea: Hinch is now racing to find another way back to Manchester in time for the parade
Her masterplan was scribbled on the back of a water bottle and a notepad, defying the shootout hoodoo that has become familiar to the England football team.
As many as 200,000 supporters are expected to line the streets of Manchester today to celebrate Team GB’s stunning performance at the Rio Olympics.
Some 350 athletes will take part, including gymnastics champion Max Whitlock, Brownlee brothers Alistair and Jonny, Mo Farah, cycling golden couple Jason and Laura Kenny and Jessica Ennis-Hill, who retired from athletics this week.