Mark Huizinga

Mark Huizinga

Olympic champion judo

About Mark Huizinga

For many years, Mark Huizinga dominated the international tatami. The Olympic Gold medal of 2000 can be seen as the highlight of his career. Nowadays he uses his knowledge and expertise as head coach of the juniors.

‘Do what you did is not good enough to remain the best’

Why Mark Huizinga Book as a speaker ?

During his presentations, Mark Huizinga tells about his impressive performances in a pertinent way. Goal setting, personal development, handling setbacks and pushing boundaries are subjects that get attention during his presentations. Besides, Mark is willing to provide clinics, where he takes these subjects into practice together with you.


Mark Huizinga is blessed with an enormous talent for judo. He is well known from his aggressive way of judo and he regularly wins with an ‘ippon’ or the scoreboard is filled with points. After several national successes in the first years of the nineties, Mark Huizinga gained ground with winning his first European title in front of his own crowd. After his breakthrough, Mark has continuously been dominating the international top. Mark Huizinga became European Champion several times, won various medals during World Championships and conquered an Olympic gold medal in Sydney 2000. In Athens 2004, an arbitrary fallacy lead to a huge disappointment for Mark Huizinga. He kept on pushing and took his second chance which brought him a bronze medal, which maybe should have been gold. Besides disappointments on sportive level, he is also familiar with several heavy injuries. The dignified way in which he conquered these periods has been impressive. Mark Huizinga has been the most important name of the Dutch team during the Olympic games in Athens 2004. Unsurprisingly, he is seen as an exemplary sportsman. A sportsman who wanted to announce the end of his career with a fourth medal during the Olympic games in Peking 2008. A mission that unfortunately got aborted in the second round. This meant the end of the career of Mark Huizinga. After his active career, Mark Huizinga became head coach of the juniors. He now tries to teach his technique and experience to the Judoka’s of the future. In 2014, Mark Huizinga won the television program; Expeditie Poolcirkel.

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