Multilingual presenter, journalist, host of cycling on Eurosport & co-host The Cycling Podcast Féminin
Born: Draperstown, Northern Ireland
Orla Chennaoui is a multilingual TV sports presenter (French, German, Spanish, Italian & Portuguese), host and journalist with experience working in both hard news and sport. Orla specialises in cycling and the Olympic Games and has presented on location from multiple Tours de France, Giros d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana, two Olympic Games (London and Rio) and one Commonwealth Games (Glasgow). Now as a Lead Presenter for Eurosport Orla will be working on cycling, MotoGP and the Olympics amongst other things and continues her work with The Cycling Podcast Feminin, and writing for Rouleur magazine and the Metro.
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 2020, Orla presented The Breakaway for Eurosport for the public to keep in touch with the action during a 'different' year but is excited to be back in the studio in 2021 presenting all the action live as it happens. In addition to cycling, in early 2020 Orla hosted the Olympic boxing qualifiers for The Olympic Channel alongside Claressa Shields, and has also been a regular trackside at MotoGP racing.
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.
Alongside her journalistic and presenting career Orla also relishes live hosting opportunities and presented the live athletics at the World Championships in Doha, 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. Orla is a regular on podcasts throughout the industry including launching her own podcast 'When Orla Met...' in 2018. 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.
Orla has a degree in Law with French and a post grad in journalism and away from presenting Orla is a keen part time yogi and full time Mum.