Born: Draperstown, Northern Ireland
When Orla Met....
The Cycling Podcast Féminin
Orla Chennaoui is a multilingual TV sports presenter, host and journalist with over 17 years experience working in both hard news and sport. Orla specialises in cycling and the Olympic Games and has presented on location from ten Tours de France, two Giros d'Italia, one Vuelta a Espana, two Olympic Games (London and Rio) and one Commonwealth Games (Glasgow).
She was an anchor on Sky Sports News for 13 years and has anchored Sky Sports rugby and cycling coverage. Orla announced her departure from Sky whilst on maternity leave for her second child but has carried on co-hosting a monthly cycling podcast; The Cycling Podcast Feminin, throughout.
In May 2019 Orla joined Eurosport as the lead presenter for their cycling coverage alongside special guest Sir Bradley Wiggins. Orla hosted all of the action, live and daily highlights for the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana. In addition to cycling, in early 2020 Orla hosted the Olympic boxing qualifiers for The Olympic Channel alongside Claressa Shields - hosting one round before they were put on hold.
Orla recently hosted the 'green' carpet ahead of the Best FIFA Football Awards interviewing a plethora footballing superstars in 6 different languages! A background in news and investigations has dictated a generally hard-news approach in Orla's sports reporting, while through presenting she has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge across a broad range of sports. Orla also hosted the Women In Sport Summit in London in July 2019 providing industry insight along, with a collection of other influential guests, to over 350 professionals to inspire women within the sports arena.
In 2018 Orla launched her own podcast 'When Orla Met...' When Orla Met....is a conversation with people from the world of sport, about sport, but it's not just a sports podcast. It's a podcast for anyone interested in stories, in the fortifier and frailties of those who push themselves to the limit of human ability. It's a conversation about outrunning demons and finding inspiration in the pursuit of excellence. It's a chance to get to know some of the biggest names and brains in sport along with Orla, to listen to the stories behind the headlines, and to learn a little more of the motivation, fears and discipline that drives the ordinary to become extraordinary, and to the very top of their game.
Alongside her journalistic and presenting career Orla also relishes live hosting opportunities and recently presented the live cycling at the Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan as well as hosting events such as the Rouleur Classic and Q&As at Look Mum No Hands and more. Orla is also in high demand for corporate rideouts and regularly joins groups cycling before hosting Q&As with pros afterwards.
Prior to working at Sky Sports News, Orla was a correspondent with Sky News, and before that spent two years as a presenter/reporter at Scottish TV, ten months at Meridian TV in England, ten months at 2Ten FM radio station in Reading and one year at Scotland on Sunday newspaper.
Orla has a degree in Law with French and a post grad in journalism. She is fully bilingual, speaking fluent French and also speaks German and has broadcast in both languages. She also speaks conversational Portuguese and Italian and basic Spanish.
Away from presenting Orla is a keen part time yogi and full time Mum.