Hometown: Howth, Co. Dublin
Disability Group: Visual Impairment
Raheny Shamrocks club member Orla completed her Leaving Cert in 2016 and went from one big test directly into another as she represented Ireland at the Paralympic Games in Rio.
Orla came 4th and achieved a personal best in Paralympic competition during her 100m heats with a time of 12.81, securing herself a place in the T13 100m finals. In the finals she placed 8th with a time of 12.87. This experience will stand to Orla as she continues to compete.
Orla cites fellow T13 athlete Jason Smyth along with Derval O'Rourke as her inspirations for athletics.
Read about Orla in the news
The42.ie September 2016