Famous people born in Assen

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Peter Martin Hoekstra

Peter Martin Hoekstra, he was born on 4 of April in 1973 in Assen, he is 41 years old. He is a retired Dutch footballer who played as a winger for PSV Eindhoven, Ajax and Stoke City. Capped 5 times by the Dutch national team, he was a member of the Dutch squad at Euro 1996 in England.

Bass Roorda

Bas Roorda, he was born on 13 of February in 1973 in Assen, he is 41 years old. He is a former Dutch football goalkeeper.

On March 26th 2010, it was announced his expiring contract with PSV, will not be extended. He played one match for PSV, on April 3 in 2008. He came on in the 60th minute of the game, conceding no goals.

Marc de Maar

Marc de Maar, he was born on 15 of February in 1984, in Assen, he is 30 years old. He is a professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI professional continental team. At the age of 14, De Maar did ice skating in the winter and cycling in the summer. He had better results in cycling. In his first year as a junior for that team, De Maar won some races, and finished 18th in the World Road race championship for young riders.

Lia Dekker

Lia Dekker, she was born on 24 of January in 1987, in Assen, she Is 27 years old. She is a Dutch swimmer who specializes in breaststroke. Dekker holds the national record in the 200 metres breaststroke in the 50m pool. She is the younger sister of Inge Dekker.

John Paul

John Paul was born on 31th January in 1961 in Assen. He and his sister Kate Langbroek, were born in Assen although that now they live in Australia.

He studied at the University of Queensland. He received an honour degree in dental science.


He finished his degree in 1983 and he went to London where he met his wife, Stacey with who they have three children.

He is an Australian politician who is the Minister for Education, Training and Employment in Queensland.

He's been member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland representing the Liberal Party.

Harry Sinkgraven

Harry Sinkgraven was born on 21th January in 1966. He is a football coach and a former professional player.

He started playing for FC Groningen, SC Camburrdand and for FC Zwolle.

The first team which he coached was indonesian Olympic team. He managed Canadian soccer team FC Edmonton from December 2010 until he was released by the club in September 2012.

Timothy Beck

Timothy Beck, he was born in 2nd of January in 1977 in Assen. He is a Dutch sprinter. He won a bronze medal in 4X100 metres relay at the 2003 World Chapionships in Athletics. With the same team he also participated at the 2004 Summer Olympics, but by a mistake in the changing area they did not advance from the series. He carried the Dutch flag at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics.