We now have full-time offices and staff in both Australia and New Zealand, as well as a range of agents located in over 20 countries around the world.


Paul Kelly

Founder & CEO

With a background in Sports Management and coaching, the opportunity to move into the sports travel market back in 2002 was too hard to ignore for someone who is a keen follower of pretty much every sport going around.

PK’s passion for travel and sport has seen him travel to over 40 countries with several more on the “to-do” list for major events in the next few years, including leading tours for some of our new sports with his interesting dress choices

Mobile: +61. 413 480 433

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Simone Fernon

General Manager

From a young age Simone dedicated herself to sports in Country Victoria, including Basketball, Volleyball and Netball, before moving to Melbourne, working up to managing a travel store

Simone has extensive experience in the Travel industry, being lucky enough to visit over 50 countries. Simone’s specialties including managing our major national events for large sporting groups, with her bubbly personality and passion for looking after clients.



Mike Causer

National Sports Manager

Mike grew up playing competitive sports with a focus on basketball and AFL but has a great appreciation for all sports. His passion for travel has seen him travel extensively spending months at a time off on adventures around the globe, visiting over 50 countries in the process.

Mike is loving being able to join his passion for both sports and travel by providing our range of clients with amazing travel and sporting experiences around the world


Murray Scott

Murray Scott

General Manager (NZ)

Murray has spent over 35 years in the travel industry, working for Contiki in Europe, then heading operations in NZ before coming onboard in 2016 to run our NZ business.

Hugely respected in the industry with a wealth of knowledge and experience, Murray continues to lead groups each year, with Rugby & Cricket in particular a focus, having attended the past 6 Rugby World Cups and numerous cricket tours around the world

Phone: +64 212 830 865


Natalie Mersin

National Sports Manager

With a career in travel management, Natalie joined SportsLink Travel in 2021 to head up our Travel Management area, looking after a number of our key sports and their day to day travel needs, while providing guidance and structure throughout the business

Having worked predominately with medium to large corporate business, Natalie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team. Coupled with a customer service focus, Nat has been a great addition to our team and to those sports she works with


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Simone Mitchell

National Sports Manager 

Having worked as a Travel Manager on some of the countries highest profile sports and looked after the travel needs of teams and athletes for the AFL, Tennis Australia & Cricket Australia, as well as other events, Simone’s experience was a massive boost when joining our team in early 2023.

Working across a number of sports and creating options for future tours, Simone’s depth of knowledge in systems and processes is a huge advantage when ensuring smooth operations for our sports teams and group travel


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Tim Earl

Senior Travel Manager 

Having worked in travel for a number of years in a variety of corporate travel roles, a career move out of the sector for an extended period of time ended with the realisation of the overwhelming desire to get back to his passion of travel and sport, joining us in October 2022 to work in our Travel Management team

When not in the office, Tim spends his time with his family including two teenage children, and hitting the pavement on a regular basis, having completed multiple marathons and endurance running events over the years



Chris Fernando

Senior Travel Manager 

A career that includes a mix of sports administration, travel, events and hospitality was the perfect range of experiences for Chris to join us at the start of 2023 to cover a range of sports and look at some new tour options for the business.

An extroverted introvert, wannabe comedian and proud uncle with a keen interest in a wide variety of sports both in Australia and overseas, Chris’ continued support of the Hawks in the AFL & fancy cardigans certainly helps to brighten up the office each day



Cheree Rowlands

Finance Manager

Having worked in various roles in the travel and retail industries early on in her career, Cheree came on board with SportsLink Travel early on as a part-time consultant after taking some time off to have her 2 boys, who continue to remain a focus as she balances career and family.

As our business grew, Cheree’s interest and talents shone out to move into managing the financial aspects of the business for clients, partners and suppliers and continues to keep everything on track



Brooke Penfold (OLY)

Development Tours Manager

A triple Olympian as part of the Australian Womens Softball team (nee Wilkins) and member of the World Softball Hall of Fame, Brooke has devoted her career to the development of athletes, mainly in her chosen sport.

We worked with Brooke as part of her previous role at Softball Australia and took the opportunity on her departure to manage our range of Development Tours across numerous sports as part of our “Towards 2032” program. This will certainly ensure the quality of the programs for junior players



Steph Clarke

Senior Travel Consultant (P/T)

After an established career in travel management, starting with STA and then in corporate travel roles, 2019 saw Steph take some time off to start a family and is now the proud mum of 2 growing and energetic kids.

Having worked previously with Nat in another office, this link saw us successfully recruit Steph back into the industry in a part time role, with the priority of still raising her family, but using her knowledge and experience for the benefit of our clients over the coming years


Joel Webb

Joel Webb

Sports Travel Consultant

Joel took up his “dream job” joining us in 2023, with over 18 years experience in travel and most recently working on a remote Indigenous Island running an AFL development program and learning the local culture

With a fun and outgoing personality, Joel has a love of watching all sports, playing and coaching AFL, Cricket, Tennis, Netball and Golf and recently taking an interest in the NFL (Go Rams!!). Out of the office, Joel can be found spending time with his family, including 3 kids ands planning their next trip


Amber Jarvis

Amber Jarvis

Sports Travel Consultant (P/T)

As a mum of two, budding artist and outdoor lover, Amber has worked in travel her entire career, joining us in 2023 in a part time role while also focusing on family and her growing son & daughter.

Working across a number of different sports, Amber provides support for some of our key partners while also sharing her knowledge with our internal teams to provide better service levels and procedures


Sarah Wolz

Sarah Wolz

Sports Travel Consultant (P/T)

A huge travel fan, Mum and Yogi, Sarah love of travel has taken her around the world from her native Germany via the USA to Australia, initially focused on hotel management and accommodation.

The link into sports came working with the Australian Open Tennis, looking after accommodation for travelling players which will continue each year while managing some of our big events and travel groups



Angel Villarosa

Travel Consultant / Admin Support

An experienced travel agent having worked in various corporate and leisure travel roles for several years, Angel joined us in 2022, combining a love for travel and sports, having been a keen volleyball supporter.

Angel loves to spend time with her family including 2 young children (a daughter and a son) and has been a welcome addition to our staff, supporting many of our teams


LLoyd Morris

Lloyd Morris

Leisure Travel Specialist

Lloyd had worked previously with some of our Senior Managers who highly recommended that we bring him on board to look after the additional travel needs for our clients due to his exceptional knowledge and customer service.

Travel is part of his DNA, planning and booking travel, including complex flights and itineraries, cruises, high end rail trips and self drive holidays around the world to ensure the perfect trip to remember


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Shane Tonkin (OLY)

Commercial & Partnerships Manager

A former professional baseball player & Olympian (Atlanta 1996), “Tonks” moved into sports administration, most recently as Commercial Manager of Hockey Australia, then Baseball Australia, where he was our contact and worked with us on our partnerships,

After leaving his last role, he has jumped across to the other side of the desk to manage the partnerships with our growing number of sports. Outside of work, Shane is busy following his talented 3 daughters in the sporting arena, including playing for the Hockeyroos and competing at national level Athletics


Craig Gamble

Craig Gamble

Sports Travel Consultant (ACT)

With a number of our key sports based in the nations capital, it was important to have travel staff based there to provide better service and Craig saw the opportunity to move into this role, having had an interest and involvement in sports including baseball and hockey in his earlier life

Craig joined our Canberra based team having worked in travel for well over 20 years in a variety of roles, most recently in the Public Service and volunteer organisations. Outside of the office, plenty of gardening and travel, plus an eye on the property market fills any downtime