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 ProgramThe 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.
Financial AssistanceAthletes will receive a financial contribution to support essential expenses.
EducationEducation webinars with Travelex specialists.
Check-insQuarterly coaching and mentoring sessions for on-going support.
Meet the Athletes
Sami Kennedy-Sim | 34 | Retired Skier CrossSport 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 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 three Olympics. Placing 8th in Korea in 2018 and 8th in Beijing in 2022 sits high on the list of proud moments. Being Australia’s flag bearer at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony is another achievement I am very proud of.
Greta Small | 26 | Alpine SkiingAs a three-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 Northeast, 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 a 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.
Jonty O'Callaghan | 25 | Para-Alpine SkiMy name is Jonty O'Callaghan and I am a para-alpine skier. 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 am currently studying for a Master of Commerce at RMIT Online.
Piera Hudson | 26 | Alpine SkiMy 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.
Josie Baff | 19 | Snowboard XMy name is Josie Baff and I am an 19-year-old snowboard cross athlete. 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 have been and are my secret ingredient, leading me to a successful and fun-filled career. I recently competed at the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games finishing in 18th place.
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, are what make someone successful. I have seen this to be true throughout both my academic and sporting life to date.
Campbell Wright | 20 | Bi-AthlonMy name is Campbell Wright I am a biathlete from Wanaka, New Zealand. Having lived in New Zealand my whole life, I began skiing at a young age and started competing in biathlon in 2017.
I was the New Zealand Team flagbearer at the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games where I competed in both cross-country skiing and biathlon. I have since competed at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games in biathlon.
I am currently based in Europe, competing in the European racing circuits in the World Cup and IBU Cup.
Anja Barugh | 23 | Halfpipe SkierI’m Anja and I am an Olympic halfpipe skier from New Zealand. I began skiing when I was 6 years old and competed in my first FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup in 2018/19. Since then, I have been competing in World Cups around the world as well as 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. .
I am now working towards qualifying for the 2026 Winter Olympics, competing in World Cups around the globe along the way.
I’m passionate about my sport, photography, and travel. I'm a lover of the snow, old school Land Cruisers, coffee, and ginger beer. I believe inspiration can be sparked from the smallest of things and beauty can be seen in all that you look at.