Travelex Athlete Alliance

Champion a Positive Difference

It’s about Making a Positive Difference in Australia and New Zealand

Being an elite athlete is rewarding in many ways. But what most people don't see are the hours of training, dedication and the travel abroad to chase those moments - and with that the financial implications can be overwhelming.

There are few athletes who earn enough to not have to worry about money. Reality is that most are delving into the entrepreneurial world to fund their dream with many making poor, uneducated decisions that can impact their future in the sport.

We want this to change.

Since opening our first store in London in 1976, Travelex has grown to become a globally recognised, market leading specialist provider of foreign exchange product, solutions and services. Travelex operates stores in some of the world's top international airports, premium shopping malls, as well as providing online foreign exchange and international money transfer services.

The Travelex Athlete Alliance has been developed to champion positive change through the coming together of like-minded athletes. Tapping into a global network that not only helps bridge the gap of the ongoing travel expenses, but also provides meaningful education for confident financial decision making.




The Program

The program is designed to help athletes in a meaningful way going beyond just financial support. It is structured to support an athlete’s career as they train and compete abroad to ease the costs of essential services; PLUS prepare them with skills that go beyond their career with advice, education and mentoring.

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Financial Assistance

Athletes will receive a financial contribution to support essential expenses.

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Education

Education webinars with Travelex specialists.

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Check-ins

Quarterly coaching and mentoring sessions for on-going support.




Meet the Athletes

Sami Kennedy-Sim

Sami Kennedey-Sim | 33 | Skier Cross

Sport has always been a part of who I am, and I have spent my life searching for the ultimate discipline. A search that led me to the mountains. My devotion to the alpine region helped me define my life's ambition - Ski Cross.
I chase a sport that has taken me all across the globe on adventures throughout the World Cup circuit. Representing Australia as the #1 ranked ski cross athlete in the Southern Hemisphere. This chase led me to the pinnacle of the sports world where I proudly wore the green & gold at two Olympics. Placing 8th in Korea in2018 sits high on the list of proud moments, but also fuels my drive for a podium result in Beijing for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
@samikennedysim


Greta Small | 25 | Alpine Skiing

As a two-time Olympian in Alpine Skiing I am focused, resilient and driven. Through these experiences as an elite athlete and overcoming several major career injury setbacks, I have the ability to inspire and motivate as a positive leader from regional North-East, Victoria.
Currently studying a Bachelor of Communications online, I am a self-directed learner with a strong work ethic. Other professional experiences include being a Winter Youth Olympic Ambassador, attending the Olympism in Action Forum - Buenos Aires 2018, volunteering on the Australian delegation at the Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games, and as mentor on the Olympic Change-Maker Program for the past two years.
My personal motto is the 4 P's: passion, practice, patience, and perseverance.
@gretasmall16

Greta Small

Jonte O'Callaghan

Jonte O'Callaghan | 24 | Para-Alpine Ski

My name is Jonty O'Callaghan and I am a para alpine skier working towards my second winter Paralympics in 2022. Growing up I enjoyed playing many sports against kids my own age, including skiing, footy (AFL), cricket and basketball. However, during my late teens, my peers grew faster and stronger at a rate I couldn't replicate due to my congenital hemiplegia.
This form of Cerebral Palsy affects my mobility and strength in my right-sided limbs. Accordingly, I transitioned over to para alpine at 16 and have enjoyed a strong progression ever since, with a current world ranking of 6th in Super G.
Outside of skiing, I have a Bachelor of Arts from the university of Melbourne, and recent commenced a masters of commerce at RMIT Online.
@j0nty_


Ashleigh Werner | 28 | Bobsleigh

My name is Ashleigh and I am an Australian Bobsleigh Driver. I am a little crazy (you have to be in my sport), with a lot of love, dedication, passion, commitment and power. I came from Rugby 7s, 15s and League to this sport and have put everything into it.
I have had a pretty gnarly career in this sport, and yet, it is the thing that drives me to wake up in the morning and push myself as hard as I do every single day. Outside of bobsleigh, I have 2 degrees and work in management consulting, fuelling a career for myself that runs parallel to bobsleigh. My work has been such a huge advocate and supporter of my sporting career, even giving me time off this year to race.
@ashleighwerner

Ashleigh Werner

Josi Baff | 18 | Snowboard X

My name is Josie Baff and I am an 18 year old snowboard cross athlete and aspiring olympian. I am from the tight- knit community of Jindabyne, a small town conveniently located just 30 minutes from two of Australia's finest ski resorts. This undoubtedly led to my snow – orientated upbringing. I believe that my passion and love for snow sports has been and is my secret ingredient, leading me to a successful and fun filled career.
Outside of snowboarding I love to spend time outdoors and stay active wherever I can. I believe that I live my life to the fullest by taking every opportunity presented to me and working hard to achieve my dreams and aspirations. As a kid, my parents opened the door to every life path possible where I was able to experience the things I love and those not so much.
As a result I have learned that passion fuels my motivation and that hard work and dedication, with a whole lot of love is what makes someone successful. I have seen this to be true throughout both my academic and sporting life to date.
@josiebaff


Campbell Wright | 19 | Bi-Athlon

Hi my name is Campbell Wright and I live in Wanaka, New Zealand, but am currently based in Europe where I am preparing for my up and coming winter season. I am the only biathlete from New Zealand racing in the European racing circuits in the world cup and IBU cups.
I have lived in New Zealand my whole life and am hoping to qualify for the up and coming 2022 Winter Olympics.
@wright_campbell

Campbell Wright

Piera Hudson

Piera Hudson | 25 | Alpine Ski

Hi, my name is Piera Hudson and I am an Alpine Ski Racer on the New Zealand Ski Team. I grew up on a farm in Central Hawke's Bay and played every sport under the sun before finding my passion with skiing in the Southern Alps.
I started skiing when I was four years old and started racing when I was 8. When I was about 13 years old I received a scholarship to attend a winter sports school academy in Vermont, USA. I lived and trained there for two years before moving over to Europe to start my professional career at age 15.
Since then I have done 34 back-to-back winters representing NZ in Youth Olympics, World Junior Champs, World Champs, and on the Alpine World Cup tour. I’m also a 10 time National Champion.
When I am not on the mountain, I love spending time at the beach or in the gym either doing my own training or training others.
@pierahudson


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