George and Shelley (Founders, Deceased)
Meet George and Shelley O’Scanlon. They were the founders of Down Under Sports. George was raised in New Zealand. When George was young, he saw a documentary about football and fell in love. Back then, no one in New Zealand played, because football didn’t exist in New Zealand. He dreamed of a day where football would be established in New Zealand, and became devoted to making that a reality. Sadly, George and Shelley have recently passed on, but Down Under Sports continues on in their memory to provide the experience of a lifetime.
This is Anthony! Anthony is one of our recruiters. He grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and is married to Kim. He has worked at Down Under Sports since 2013 and moved to our United States office in January of 2019. He played basketball when he was younger. He is a music fan, and loves the Beach Boys. He loves working with Down Under Sports because he loves being part of a team.
This is Brian Pella! He is the vice president of Down Under Sports. He played football at Snow College and continues to stay active by biking, swimming, and playing racquetball. He helped build Down Under Sports from the very beginning, and has worked with the company since 1988. When Down Under Sports started, it was just 5 football teams and a cheerleading squad. His favorite part of the job is meeting athletes whose parents competed with DUS, because it shows the impact that the trip has on families and just how far the organization has come.
Carly Cowley (O’Scanlon)
Meet Carly! Carly is one of George and Shelley’s daughters. She has been with Down Under Sports her whole life. She does a lot of administrative work behind the scenes to make sure things run smoothly while we’re in Australia. She has lived in Utah, Germany, New Zealand, and Australia, and considers them all home. She is curently undergoing a degree in hospitality and tourism. She enjoys traveling, and has been to over 20 different countries! Her other hobbies include watching movies, and playing billiards. Carly’s favorite sports are ice hockey and football. Her favorite part of working with Down Under Sports is meeting new people every year and traveling.
Meet Daniel! Daniel is our recruitment coordinator. He has been working at Down Under Sports since 2012. He is from San Jose and Santa Cruz. When he was growing up, he played football and threw shotput and discus; now he spends a lot of time outdoors. He loves hiking, fishing, and jogging. He is an avid hockey and baseball fan. He loves working at Down Under Sports because he knows his job is meaningful for other people.
This is Dougie! He joined our team in October of 2019. Dougie is part of our marketing team and works on many of our videos. He comes from Las Vegas, but moved to Utah when he was 11. He loves to make videos, ski and hike. His favorite sports are baseball and football. Dougie goes to USU and is in the digital media program. He loves working at Down Under Sports because he loves being creative and he loves sports.
This is Esther! She started working for the company in 1996. She lived in Cache Valley, Utah her whole life until 2016, when she moved to Evanston, Wyoming. She collects and compiles the state results, honors lists, players to watch, and other athlete info to recruit athletes for the tournaments. She loves all sports, especially anything that kids are playing. She says, “My favorite part of Down Under Sports is knowing that the athletes whose names I’m looking at every day will be getting an invite and the opportunity to go on this amazing trip! I love that I can be a part of that!”
This is Gayle! Gayle is one of George and Shelley’s daughters. She is the new president of Down Under Sports. She has lived in Australia, New Zealand, Utah, and Washington, D.C. Education is very important to her, and has worked to earn multiple degrees. She has a master’s and bachelor’s in technical writing, as well as a bachelor’s in exercise science. She also has a minor in sociology. Along with her degrees, she has also completed the Interpretive Training Program at Bridgerland and took a mental health interpreting class at Gallaudet University. She is currently working towards another bachelor’s in communication disorders and a minor in ASL. Her hobbies include traveling, crossfit, and using ASL. She also really enjoys school/learning. She is excited to be the president of Down Under sports because she knows this program has changed the lives of thousands of families.
This is Jessica! She is on our marketing team and helps manage our social media for Down Under Sports. She grew up in Utah and still calls it home. In high school she ran track and played soccer. Her soccer team won the state championship in their division her senior year! She enjoys traveling, being outside, and spending time with family. She loves the opportunity that Down Under Sports gives her to be creative and have fun.
Introducing Joe, one of our recruiters. He has worked with Down Under Sports since 2017. He is from Sugar City, Idaho, and loves sports. He plays basketball, soccer, badminton, and runs track. He is a bird enthusiast, so he spends a lot of time outdoors. He says, “I like working at Down Under Sports because our product is unforgettable.”
This is Jon! Jon is one of our recruiters. He’s from West Jordan, Utah and has worked with us in 2017. He plays golf and soccer, and his hobbies are reading and roller skating. He tries to go roller skating every week! He loves helping athletes’ meet their goals and seeing them compete.
Meet Karen, our H.R. manager! She also works in accounting. Karen is from Grace, Idaho and started working with us in 2018. Her favorite sport is basketball. She loves to knit and quilt. She also loves to ride ATVs and snowmobiles, and go camping. Her favorite part of her job is the people she works with. Her constant positive attitude and encouragement has earned her the title of office cheerleader.
This is Kathy! She is one of our recruiters. She has been with Down Under Sports since 2002. She calls Hyrum, Utah her home. She likes football, basketball, and baseball. She loves camping and hiking. She spends a lot of time reading. She says, “My favorite part of Down Under Sports is the family feel and being able to laugh at work. I also enjoy helping people find adventures in a new place.”
Kim (Dianna) Reneti
Meet Kim, our assistant travel manager! She has been working with Down Under Sports in Australia since 1989 and moved to our United States office in January of 2019. She helps make preparations with the airlines for our travelers, and works with our medical staff in Australia. When she was growing up she played netball; a sport similar to basketball, but with a few variations. Right now, her favorite sport is American Football. Her favorite part of working at Down Under Sports is meeting hundreds of new people every year.
Introducing Kyra, one of our recruiters. She is from Brigham City, Utah and has worked with us since 2018. She loves softball and track. She is studying Exercise Science at Utah State University. She says her favorite part of working at Down Under Sports is getting to know athletes from all over the world.
Lesley Cyril (O’Scanlon)
This is Lesley! She is one of George and Shelley’s daughters. She has been involved with Down Under Sports since its inception in 1989. Lesley was born in New Zealand and currently lives with her family in Salt Lake City. She has a degree from Utah State University in Literary Studies and an MEd from Auckland University of Technology. Her favorite sports to play are volleyball and basketball and she loves to follow college football. She loves reading, writing and traveling. Lesley’s favorite part of working with Down Under Sports is seeing the athletes, coaches and supporters in Australia and hearing their individual stories of hard work.
Meet Lynda! She works with customer service. She is works on the phones to help answer people’s questions. She lives in Logan, Utah, and joined our team in 2001. She loves to ski, and her favorite sports are basketball and soccer. She loves being able to provide our athletes with something that they will never forget.
This is Nick! He is the director of the Down Under bowl. He is also the head of security, and helps with recruiting. He is From Preston, Idaho. He loves football, track & field, basketball, and rodeo. He enjoys spending time with his family and having fun. He loves working at down under because it gives him the chance to meet and work with great people.
Meet Sampson, our network administrator. Anything related to technology goes through him, and he keeps our websites secure and our computers running. He started with Down Under Sports in 2012. He hails from Las Vegas and his favorite sports to play are soccer and volleyball. He spends most of his free time on adventures with his dogs in the warmer months and both snowboarding and skiing during the snowy months. He loves working at Down Under Sports because of the diverse workload and people that an international competition brings, and the unique challenges that come with it.
Introducing Sara. Sara is one of George and Shelley’s daughters, and a vice president of Down Under Sports. She keeps Sampson on task and also does a lot of our IT work and helps us with our computer questions. She has a degree in Management Information Systems. She also did a writing program in Chicago at Improv Olympic as well as various other writing programs. She has lived in New Zealand, Australia, Utah, and Chicago. What Sara loves about working at Down Under Sports is the variety of the things she gets to do and where she gets to go. She loves going to concerts, and theater/comedy shows. It is obvious that she loves comedy, because she has a great sense of humor and makes us all laugh.
This is Sherrie! She is our travel manager. She works to make sure that everyone makes it to Australia and back safely. She has been part of our staff since 1995. She calls Preston, Idaho home. She does CrossFit every morning and loves kayaking. She also competes in Ragnars. Her favorite sports are basketball and Cross Country. She loves providing athletes the chance to see Australia.
Taleas Nelson (Marble)
Meet Taleas! Taleas has worked with Down Under Sports since 2014. She is a recruiter, but also helps with a lot of the operations in Australia. Last year, She was named Utah’s Coach of the Year for softball. Her team, Box Elder High School, also won the state championship. She played college softball at Western Nevada College, and then at University of Texas: Permian Basin, where she earned her degree. She says “I love working at Down Under Sports, because we work hard all year, but then every summer we can see it all pay off.”
Introducing Tawni, one of our travel coordinators. She helps get everyone to and from Australia. On top of that, Tawni does lot of our graphic design. She is from Preston, Idaho. She became a member of our team in 2016. Her favorite sport is Football. She loves camping, fishing, and going 4-wheeling. She enjoys working at Down Under Sports because she gets the chance to be creative, and meet a lot of new people.
Wil Vern Guymon
This is Wil, but he goes by Vern. He helps runs the social media for Down Under Sports. He grew up in Chico, California, but now he lives in Utah. He loves sports! In high school, he played football, soccer, and ran XC and track. He played soccer in college at Southern Virginia University for 3 years and also played on the club volleyball team. He has loved working at Down Under Sports and our tournaments in Australia every summer are the highlight of his year.