Orlagh Dempsey

  • PE Teacher 

  • Leading figure developing the culture of youth sport in UAE

Orlagh is 27 and currently working in physical health & education as a lead, developing programs to progress the culture of sport in the United Arab Emirates.


Growing up in Ireland, sports and fitness have always been an integral part of Orlagh’s life. She has always been committed to playing competitive sports, including Gaelic football and soccer. That same passion has driven her career today.

When she moved to the UAE she went on to start the first women’s rugby team in Ras Al Khaimah. In an area which didn’t have many options for women’s sports, she advocated for girls all over the world and broke stereotypes as one of the clubs founding female members. She played three consecutive years in the Dubai Rugby 7’s leading the team and earning recognition as Players' Player of the Year, as well as Sevens Player of the Year in consecutive years.


She has also been selected and participated in the Gov Games, which is a team competition that comprises a series of mental and physical challenges that was launched by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Orlagh has proved that she is up for any challenge and rises to every occasion. She is eager to continue to develop and achieve in different arenas. She is ready for new horizons. Like the race itself, she believes that life is about sailing outside of your comfort zone. It is truly about the journey and who you become along the way.    

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