Horn gives Proteas thumbs-up

Glacier 3000 (Gallo Images)
Glacier 3000 (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Explorer extraordinaire Mike Horn has given the Proteas his stamp of approval, after their four-day team excursion in Switzerland.

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The Proteas spent their time in the surroundings of the quaint village of Chateux-d’Oex, where they concentrated on various aspects of their physical and mental strengths.

“It was first of all inspiring for me to see all of these players arrive," said the South African-born Horn.

“On Friday after four days I can clearly say that it’s not the same team, this is a completely new team and its exciting because it gives them a new platform to play from. We erased the past and started a team that really wants to go out there and not only prove to themselves but prove to the rest of the world that they are the best.”

Horn also expressed his excitement at the commitment shown by the Proteas this week.

“Today it was raining and for them to wake up at 07:00 in the rain to do this church run really impressed me because they were motivated. They took it in their stride, they were very competitive and really bonded as a team,” Horn added.

“A team that plays together for a long time gets into certain habits and those habits were broken and each player created a new knowledge about themselves, that is amazing for the team environment.”

Some of the activities during the expedition included summiting the 3 200m high Glacier in the prominent Gstaad region, off-road mountain-biking through the challenging terrain of the Pays de Haute region as well as river kloofing in some testing climates. Cricket specifics were not discussed during the camp, with the emphasis on team bondage and fun ahead of a busy International calendar this year.   

Horn made headlines when he and fellow explorer Norwegian Børge Ousland, became the first men to travel without a dog or motorised transport to the North Pole during permanent darkness; he also navigated through the Amazon alone. His key philosophy is mental toughness, an attitude he believes goes a long way when people are put under pressure.
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