Coaching staff walk with Beefy
Four members of the Scotland coaching team took part in Ian Botham’s Big Sri Lanka Walk in Colombo during their recent tour of the island.
Head Coach Peter Steindl, Assistant Coaches Craig Wright and Toby Bailey were joined by Strength and Conditioning Coach Simon Smith to complet the 30km walk on their day off, and with contributions of the players, they raised over £400.
They were in good company joined by Steve Waugh, Allan Border and Morne du Plessis for day 5 as Beefy's Big Sri Lanka Walk crossed the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. It started at the coast side surroundings of the capital, ending at the Premadasa international cricket stadium.
The heat was a challenge for Australian cricket legend Waugh. With a few kilometres still to go, Waugh said: "It's over 35 degrees, trying to keep up with Beefy is impossible. It's just about walking then running to get to him!"
Morne said: "I can't believe the pace he is walking at, I can't believe he has done 5 days already. Though we come from different sports, different eras, we have a common philosophy that sport can change the world, and that's what binds us. Botham really walks the walk. He does the hard yards. It's all about making a sacrifice, hard work and this is that for Beefy."
Pete Steindl added, “The opportunity came up and we had the day off, so the four of us decided that we would give it a go. It was hard work, but all for a good cause and the players have since chipped in with some sponsorship money for us. I never knew walking was that hard, Beefy does walk at some pace!”
With the Scotland squad now in Dubai the serious business of qualifying for the 2014 T20 World Cup begins. The team will play two official warm up games (12/13 November) against USA tomorrow and Namibia on Wednesday.
With the start of the tournament looming Steindl added, “We are all ready to go, the players are hungry to get stuck into the matches.”
You can find all of Scotland’s T20 Qualifier fixtures here.