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Pam sensei nominated for Tallaght Sports Person of the Year Award

Pamela (Pam) Dempsey - Dublin Tomiki Aikido  Pam Dempsey - Dublin Tomiki Aikido

Tallaght Person of the Year Nominee - Pam Dempsey - Sports Category - Dublin Tomiki Aikido

Our very own Pamela Dempsey sensei has been nominated for the 40th Tallaght Person of the Year Sport Award representing Dublin Tomiki Aikido


Pam has been a senior coach at Dublin Tomiki Aikido for over ten years. Pam has coached, advised, mentored and developed hundreds of students and has produced National, European and World Champions. Pam became the first female dan grade of Dublin Tomiki Aikido and is now the highest graded and first ever Tomiki Aikido female third dan in Ireland after achieving her rank in April of 2022.

Pam's enthusiasm and passion for Sport Aikido is infectious. Her drive, determination and motivation is one of the reasons our club has excelled and developed over the past decade. Blazing a trail for all of our competitors, Pam is a two-time British National Randori Champion and has won multiple National, European and World Champioship medals in Randori (one-to-one combat) and Embu (Kata demonstration). Under Pam's guidance the club now has an additional two female dan grades and recently four of our other female members have completed their level 1 coaching award.

Most recently, our competition team have returned from the 55th British Aikido National Championship with two of Pam's female students achieving Bronze and Gold in Tanto Randori.  A note of interest is that Pam was the British 2022 Tanto Randori Champion and has now coached the 2023 British Tanto Randori champion (Emma Lawlor - 1st Dan) to her first success.

Pam's passion for the sport also sees her officiating regularly at UK National Competition level, where her experience, focus, sharp decision making and reputation for fairness sees her in much demand as a respected senior referee.

Pam was also instrumental in securing Ireland as the next host nation for the WSAF European Championships due to take place in July 2024. This will be a historic occasion as it is the first time Ireland has hosted an International Aikido Competition of such stature. 

It is only fitting that Pam's dedication and commitment to our club and the development of Sport Aikido in Ireland is recognised and we wish her the very best of luck at the 40th Tallaght Person of the Year Awards 2023.

Pam sensei competing at World Championships in London
Pam sensei competing at WSAF World Aikido Championships in London

Nominee Certificate - Tallaght Person of the year 2023 -

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