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Managing Director

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PATRICK ARNOLD – MANAGING DIRECTOR

I play cricket for my village Eynsham in Oxfordshire and hockey for Oxford Hawks (previously Wimbledon) and 5 a side football for Boca Seniors! I have always loved sports and used to organise all the club tours at university. When I started working for HSBC in London I got into watching England cricket overseas and was there when the Barmy Army launched in 1994/5. Following further trips to South Africa and the West Indies I then got to play cricket in South Africa for my club and Croatia and Austria with the MCC. This experience pushed me toward starting Living With The Lions in 2001 and well, here we are today! What makes us different? We are still just a small team but every person here loves the sports that we follow and adds their own personality and enthusiasm to each trip that we run. I have been married to Sarah for 10 years and we have three young sports fans, Freddie, Hana and Eve.

 

Supporters Team

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GAIL GIBSON – OPERATIONS MANAGER

I have been involved in Travel for quite some years now. After studying languages (French, German & Italian) at Leicester University, my first job took me out to the French Alps as a chalet girl. 3 winter seasons, two summers in Turkey and a season of walking tours in Italy later, I set up a small ski chalet business in Les Deux Alpes where I lived for 4 years. I then moved back to England to work in Reader Offer Travel, then more recently for another Sports Tours Operator as Operations Manager for their Clubs & Schools department. My work has taken me to some lovely parts of the world including South Africa, Namibia, New Zealand, South America & the Caribbean. Italy though is one of my favourite destinations! In 2014 I took a self-imposed and hard earned 6 month break, then joined LWTL initially to work on Incoming groups for the RWC in 2015. I now work exclusively on the Supporters Tours which included the Lions to New Zealand in 2017, and going forward events such as Six Nations games, Hong Kong Sevens, the England tour to South Africa and England Cricket Tours to Sri Lanka and West Indies. I have played Tennis since I was 4 and have skied extensively; I really enjoy watching England play Rugby and Cricket, and in the last few years, I have spent endless hours watching my now teenage daughter play hockey for the school and cricket for her school, club, county and Women’s Super League Team – Western Storm.

 

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CRAIG WEGRZYN – SUPPORTERS TOURS

Prior to joining LWTL I had a somewhat mixed career history starting in International team operations for the Football Association, followed by moving on to supporter tours and events for the Mike Burton Group. In my time there I was involved in all 6 Nations and Autumn International tours and events as well as leading a tour at the 2011 Rugby World Cup to New Zealand. For the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour I managed corporate hospitality events and match day supporter for Lions Rugby Travel. I joined LWTL 3 years ago after a year out in Australia where I took full advantage of the relaxed beach lifestyle in between coaching and playing football. With LWTL I have been involved in all cricket and rugby tours with both the 2017 Lions Tour and the 2017 Ashes Series being a highlight.


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LORRI CHANNING – FLIGHTS & TOURS CO-ORDINATOR

Prior to joining Living With The Lions Sports Travel my career had largely been focused in education as a qualified primary school teacher. Previous to this I spent a couple of years in the travel industry working in both leisure and business travel. I joined LWTL in 2014 and specialize in coordinating flights for our clients all over the world. Since I have been at LWTL I have also had the opportunity and pleasure to tour lead on our supporters tours, which include England Cricket West Indies 2015, 6 Nations France 2016 and British & Irish Lions New Zealand 2017.
Outside of work I am passionate about spending quality time with my two amazing girls…they certainly keep me busy and active with trips out, go ape, cinema visits and much more. When it’s me time I like to socialise with friends with the odd glass of wine dreaming of being on that idyllic beach in the sunshine! I was a member of my local running club but these days I enjoy running for fun. I like to feel that I am paving my own road, learning new things, living fully and taking on new challenges each day both at home and in my career!

 

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MIKE PYRGOS – SUPPORTERS SALES

I was a teacher for 37 years and taught at Bryanston School in Dorset for the last 30 of those where I was Director of Rugby and Head of Economics as well as being Senior Teacher. Whilst teaching I ran over 30 school tours and I hope I can bring some of that experience to LWTL. I was a tour manager (during a sabatical from school) on the 2013 Lions Toour of Australia and I stayed on afterwards because LWTL had organised an excellent Rugby Tour for my school following the Lions Tour. I work in both the schools and supporters departments at LWTL and am putting my experience of extensive touring to the test in both departments. I played rugby for Harlequins and my son, Henry, is the Glasgow Warriors and Scotland scrum half and he captained Scotland during the 2015 World Cup, my daughter Alice also plays hockey for England. I love all sports and am an ardent Tottenham Hotspur supporter. I am lucky enough to have hosted LWTL’s British & Irish Lions Tours in 2013 and 2017, rugby tours to Italy and Scotland and cricket supporters tours to the West Indies and the Ashes in Australia.

 

Schools Team

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JOANNA MOWATT – CLUBS & SCHOOLS OPERATIONS MANAGER

Throughout my career and education to date, sport has always played a major role. I joined Living With The Lions after 8 years’ service with Gullivers Sports Travel within their worldwide schools and clubs department. I have always been involved in sport, enjoying gymnastics and hockey in my early years, which I later put to good use whilst employed as a Lecturer of Sports Science in Gloucestershire. These days, although I am still an avid follower of sport, I am more of a participant of the arts with dance and music being keen interests. I have been fortunate enough to have travelled to a number of great destinations during my years in the travel industry, with South Africa, Australia and the Caribbean being some of my favourite destinations. I have also been lucky enough to Tour Lead Supporters Tours overseas which include the British & Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand 2005 and Cricket World Cup to the West Indies in 2007.

 

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STEVE BADHAM – CLUB & SCHOOL TOURS SALES MANAGER

As a child I played every sport that was thrown at me which led to a competent level of club tennis, county rugby honours and a senior semi-pro football career.. those days are now behind me and I am partial to the odd spin class, and run out for the veterans to keep me ticking over! I was born and bred in the rugby mad city of Gloucester. Locally, there are a number of sports travel operators within the county and so it was natural for me to fall in to a role involving sport. I first learnt my trade in 2000 working for the Mike Burton Group (England Rugby Travel) looking after professional team travel such as Gloucester RFC, Worcester RFC, Saracens and Ulster; plus a number of school and club tours. From here I moved up the M5 to Gullivers Sports Travel where I became their Regional Sales Manager within the playing tours department specialising in school, club and military sports tours. I have been at LWTL since 2014 and what attracted me to the business was the personable approach they provide to schools; we do not take on mountains of enquiries but instead put our heart and soul in to ensuring your tour is a success. During the past 18 years, I have been extremely lucky to travel to many fantastic destinations, having accompanied schools & professional teams around the world on their sports tours and completed the Six Nations and British Lions circuits. As Head of School Tour Sales, I now spend a lot of time visiting schools around the UK offering advice on creating memorable tours for their students.

 

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CARRIE ROBERTS – SALES & SENIOR TOUR COORDINATOR

I’m a born and bred South African with a passion for travel and sport and have happily carved a 18 year career in the Sports Travel industry. I studied Marketing and Advertising and Business Finance at the University of Natal in South Africa, followed by travel abroad before commencing my career as a Tour Operator. My jobs, having worked at Bundu Bashers Travel in South Africa for ten years, followed by Edwin Doran Sports Tours for three years and LWTL for five years, have allowed me to combine my interests and I have been fortunate enough to travel around the world, exploring countries such as Australia, Singapore, Brazil, Argentina, Spain and the USA. I love all sports (I play most racquet sports and have completed 2 Half Marathons) and supporting rugby and cricket are definitely high on the list. I am based in Ely, Cambridgeshire – where I represent LWTL in the East Anglia region in both Sales and Operations.

 

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ANTHEA BARRINGTON – CLUB & SCHOOLS TOUR CO-ORDINATOR

Born in South Africa and spending most of my childhood in Cape Town, I become a very enthusiast sportswomen. I particularly enjoyed hockey and tennis and competed at high levels in both sports. Having moved to the UK in 2000, my understanding, appreciation and passion for both sport and travel were broadened. Following my BA Degree in Management with Leisure and Tourism, I went on to work with PGL as a representative at their summer camps as well as working within the ski department as a school’s representative on the trips. I then moved to Gullivers Sports Travel for a year as a schools and clubs tour coordinator before immigrating to Dubai for 5 years where I explored and enhanced my cultural understanding and travel experiences, visiting many new countries. I now life in the UK with my husband and two young boys, based in Cardiff. I joined LWTL in 2016. I thoroughly enjoy organising memorable tours for young sports players from schools & clubs, and arranging for them to visit different countries all over the world, in particular South Africa, Sri Lanka, India and the Caribbean, as well as a number of European destinations. In February 2018, I enjoyed working as a tour leader in Rome working on the Six Nations as part of our Supporters team – this was great fun and look forward to the next tour!

 

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DAVID MCLAUGHLIN – CLUB & SCHOOLS TOURS SALES

I’ve always had a real love for sport, from a young age I tried my hand at everything available to me, before finally settling on rugby and becoming a proud member of the Front Row Union. I’m very grateful that being involved in the game has given me the chance travel and see the world, with South Africa and the South of France being my favourite tour destinations. I’ve been lucky enough to turn my passion for sport into a career and enjoyed two years at Chaka Travel working in golf and school tour sales, before joining the team at Living with the Lions as our sales representative in Ireland. From a fan perspective, my sporting highlights would be being in the building to see local boy Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg, following Northern Ireland at Euro 2016 and being in attendance for the incredible schools’ rugby derby in Paarl, where 25000 spectators get to see the number one and number two ranked schools in South Africa go head to head. From a work standpoint my highlight has undoubtedly been being in New Zealand for the 2017 Lions Tour, and most recently taking in four of the five Ashes Tests and seeing Cook’s 244 in the MCG.

 

Marketing Department

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BRETT LINGLEY – MARKETING MANAGER

Having grown up in Durban, South Africa I am a massive Natal Sharks rugby supporter and have adopted Bath as my UK side since we started doing their supporters tours in 2004. I love all sports and have competed at a provincial level for bodyboarding, swimming and tennis. I have a passion for travel and since joining LWTL in 2003 have been fortunate enough to host tours to New Zealand, Australia, West Indies, South Africa, France, Ireland and Italy with my favourite cities being Sydney, Cape Town and Treviso. The highlight of my career was the 1st test between South Africa & The British Lions in Durban in June 2009, sitting amongst so many Lions supporters was just totally surreal…

 

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