Steve Mount’s time in Sri Lanka
- By Farhan Uvais
- Updated: December 29, 2016
But in all seriousness, I have found the Sri Lanka culture, and in particular the generosity of the people to be fantastic. All the players and staff have been extremely welcoming, and have gone above and beyond to ensure I have found the experience of moving over here to be as easy as possible. I also traveled to Sri Lanka on holiday in 2007, so I knew that it was a beautiful country (especially the food), so I was confident I would enjoy my time here – Steve Mount.
With his contract coming to an end, one of Sri Lanka’s longstanding physiotherapist’s, Steve Mount said his goodbyes ahead of the ongoing Test series in South Africa. Mount was with the Sri Lankan national squad for five long years.
Inspired by an interview posted in Sri Lanka Cricket (official website), we decided to enlighten you on Mount’s contributions and support during his stay.
The significance of Mount’s presence was in his desires that went well with the individuals in the Lankan dressing room. He absolutely enjoyed his time with the players. He often cracked jokes and relished a solid relationship with cricketers and the staff.
He even tried learning a little Sinhala to communicate with the younger guys.
“I tried to learn a bit of Sinhalese. When I first got there I was very determined to do the best I could. At times you get a little bit lazy and busy with other things. Some guys speak perfect English, other guys not so much especially the young guys generally. They know enough for me to communicate with them. I could throw them a few Sinhalese words every now and then. If communication is a real problem then someone is always there to help,” said Steve Mount (nation.lk).
Steve Mount, originally from Australia considered pursuing with physiotherapy as it made way to a number of career opportunities all around the world. However, it was his dream to persevere with sports physiotherapy which first hit him when he began to deal with his own injuries. During his time at school and college, Mount enjoyed science based subjects, anatomy, and physiology in particular.
As the nation cricket team’s physiotherapist, Mount went through a very busy time but organized his work accordingly to maintain a proper work-life balance.
Apart from his job, Steve Mount’s family maintained an excellent relationship with Sri Lanka. His parents often visited Sri Lanka during their holidays while his sister spent plenty of time doing volunteer work here. His brother and sister in law adopted a Sri Lanka baby in the recent past. All in all, they loved the country’s culture and the friendliness of its people.
In life, Mount had several dreams of working with a professional cricket team and traveling the world. He believes that he’s in the process of accomplishing them.
“Well, when I was starting out as a physio my aim was to work in professional sport, ideally in cricket, and to get to travel to various parts of the world. So, I guess that these career ambitions (or ‘dreams’) are currently being lived out. I have worked hard to achieve these goals, and I feel very fortunate and honored to find myself in the position that I am in,” concluded Mount.