Michael Edwards, Managing Director
Michael grew up in a sports made family with two brothers and a sister who were all involved in multiple sports. Serving as a mop boy for the Newcastle Falcons NBL team, was a highlight of an unspectacular career for Michael. Michael’s passion for travel started at a young age hearing stories of his father’s cricket tour to India in the 1970’s. That passion has continued to grow over the years with each new country visited and each journey taken. All of those journeys has further developed a belief in the unmatched opportunities for personal growth that travel offers.
Emma Guirguis, Travel Manager
Emma has a passion for both sport and travel which shows through her life experiences. She spent her school days joining any sporting team possible even though she knew her niche was in Soccer, which she went on to play at a representative level for a number of years. Her highlights include being chosen in the Australian Futsal Team at the age of 17 to play a touring USA side, as well as being in the train on squad for the Australian team that competed in the Women’s World Cup in 2002 in Sardinia. Emma has travelled through Africa, Europe, North America, Asia and has South America next on the bucket list. While she has many fond memories of all her travels and finds it hard to pick her favourite moment, one standout is being lucky enough to attend the first three Australian games of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
Rhys Redfearn, Client and Business Development Manager
Rhys works in the Education department at Horizons Group Travel, working with schools to inspire students through unique learning experiences.
Rhys had a fascination with the world from an early age. He vividly remembers spending hours after school looking at an atlas and globe and trying to figure out where he wanted to travel when he was old enough. With an uncanny knowledge of maps, flags and capital cities, he makes for a great trivia partner.
One of Rhys’ first big trips was to the USA and Canada with the University of Canberra on a study tour. Participating in the study tour gave Rhys an opportunity to immerse himself in new experiences that he wouldn’t otherwise have been able to, while also getting to learn and develop as a person, something which he aims to bring to every tour he works on.
Adam Taylor, Tour Coordinator
A self-confessed “Basketball Junkie”, Adam grew up in country Victoria where he also played Cricket & AFL. After initially pursuing a career in banking, he decided to try his hand at basketball coaching with his local club. His first big break came as an Assistant Coach for the Australian Deaf Basketball Team. He went on to be an Assistant Coach with the Corio Bay Stingrays that were Runners Up in the Big V State Men’s Championship League, as well as being an Assistant Coach with the Country Victoria Ivor Burge team, leading them to a bronze victory at the 2016 Australian Basketball Championships. In 2014, Adam was asked to join the Adelaide 36ers for the 2014/15 NBL Season as a Development Coach and Scouting Coach. Here he worked daily with Boomers players including Brock Motum, Adam Gibson, Peter Crawford & Luke Schnescher.
Adam travels frequently to the USA and most notably has travelled with the Metro State University Team and scouted at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. One of his most prized memories is sitting courtside next to NBA Coaching Legend George Karl! Adam loves being able to give back to the game that has given him so much, and help young Aussie players experience American tours.
Jarrod Greedy, Tour Coordinator
Jarrod loves all sports, but took a particular liking to basketball throughout adolescence. Now, having been involved in the sport at all levels as a coach, administrator, official and player for over 20 years, he has a vast level of experience to pass on to any whom might be interested. He is an active supporter of the Newcastle Knights in Rugby League, the Sydney Swans in AFL, San Antonio Spurs and Duke University basketball and also enjoys going to a local Brisbane Bullets or Queensland Basketball League game on the weekends. He is active in the basketball community through his coaching at the University of Sunshine Coast Basketball Association, enjoys his weekly game of Masters and hitting the gym.
Conor Noone, Tour Coordinator
Conor works with Horizons Group Travel in their Sports Department. He’s very passionate about sport, playing Basketball three times a week in Sydney, as well as having a keen following of the Dallas Mavericks, Sydney Kings, Wests Tigers, Leinster Rugby, San Francisco 49ers, and Manchester United. Having been born to Irish parents, Conor has had the opportunity to travel at an early age to various countries such as Ireland, England, Thailand, the United States of America, Spain, Singapore, and countless others. Conor even had the opportunity to tour with Horizons in 2009 as part of the St. Aloysius College US Basketball Tour. His favourite travel memory was when he got the chance to see Dirk Nowitzki and his beloved Dallas Mavericks close out the NBA regular season in 2014.
Julie Williams, Tour Coordinator
As a senior in high school, Julie was fortunate enough to travel with her Ancient History class to Egypt and Italy, discovering temples, pyramids, and exploring the streets of Pompeii. From this experience she gained a true understanding of the personal and educational benefits of touring overseas during the school years. Going on to study Tourism and Business, Julie has held various roles in the travel industry, and currently resides in the Horizons Group Travel Education department. Julie is well traveled across Asia, Europe, New Zealand and the USA, with Africa next on the list! She is up for any destination that offers the chance to see wild animals, beautiful natural scenery, and delicious local food.
Mary Brownscombe, Operations Coordinator
Having worked in travel for many years, Mary is currently one of the Operations Coordinators at Horizons Group Travel. A trip to India as a child had a big influence on her life, and introduced her to a whole other world. Little did she know that it would eventually lead to a career in the industry! Mary has travelled to England, Germany, Italy, China, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Singapore. Morocco and Turkey are calling out to her, and are next on her bucket list! Mary loves nothing more than getting lost exploring, and immersing herself in a new city. One of her travel highlights was (unknowingly) arriving into Granada, Spain, during celebratory Easter processions. Her motto is “Travel with an open mind”.
Alanna Druce, Operations Coordinator
Growing up, Alanna always wanted to be a teacher, inspired by her 4th and 5th grade teacher who told of fantastic adventures in far-off lands in history and literature. After graduating from university with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Masters of Primary Teaching, Alanna started working as a primary school teacher and finally started to travel the world. It was then she realised that her heart truly lay in travelling and planning adventures. Alanna has travelled extensively across Europe, the USA, Australia and parts of Asia and the South Pacific, with hopes that she will visit South America and Africa soon. Her favourite places so far have been Cinque Terre, New York City and any location linked to Harry Potter and Doctor Who.
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