GEMS World Academy athletics teach student-athletes valuable life-lessons while enhancing their achievement of educational goals. Student-athletes are expected to honorably represent their school and themselves while competing in athletic competitions.  The GWA athletic department will create and foster an environment that provides opportunities for student-athletes to enrich their school experience through participation on athletic teams, which are competitive at the local and international conference levels.



Our goal is to teach the values of commitment, teamwork, pride, respect, good work ethic, sportsmanship and development of the proper winning attitude. It is our hope that through our athletic programs, participating student-athletes will adopt these guidelines and develop a positive winning attitude that will carry over into all aspects of their lives. GWA athletics will increase student involvement from athletic opportunities while creating a program that ranges from elementary to varsity programs.



At GEMS World Academy, participation in our athletic program is not only a fun and rewarding experience but also a privilege and a valuable educational experience. The impact of sports on an individual can have a monumental and lasting impact upon a student-athlete, and with that in mind, students, faculty, and parents approach the game with the following high standards and moral values in mind: sportsmanship, hard work, leadership, individuality and community, learning with passion and rigor, and commitment. While winning is a natural goal in the pursuit of excellence, the principles of good sportsmanship and enjoyment of competition take precedence at all times and enhance the educational value of all contests. The competition of athletics is viewed as a valuable experience because it challenges each student-athlete to strive for excellence, helps each student-athlete discover their physical limits, and requires each student-athlete to work cooperatively as a member of a team. Administrators, coaches and staff are dedicated to supporting each student-athletes journey toward academic and athletic success. Here, just as in the classroom, student-athletes achieve one success after another.


Local and International Competitions

The GWA Dragons Elementary/U14/JV and Varsity teams compete locally in 3 distinct seasons against other likeminded schools from Dubai and Abu Dhabi. All students are encouraged to try out for any team, but are only able to play 1 sport per season.


Locally (Emirates Athletic Conference-EAC)


Season 1:

Swimming-Elementary (Gr. 2-5)/U14/JV/Varsity

Volleyball- U14/JV/Varsity

Golf- U14/JV/Varsity


Season 2:

Swimming-Elementary (Gr. 2-5)/U14/JV/Varsity

Soccer- U14/JV/Varsity


Cross Country- U14/JV/Varsity

Basketball- U14/JV/Varsity

Track & Field- Elementary (Gr. 4 & 5)


Season 3:

Swimming-Elementary (Gr. 2-5)/U14/JV/Varsity

Badminton- U14/JV/Varsity

Track & Field- U14/JV/Varsity

Basketball- Elementary (Gr. 4 & 5)


GWA is also a member of the Near East Activities Conference (NESAC). There is 6 member schools from 4 countries. These schools include UAS-Dubai, QA-Qatar, ASK-Kuwait, AISK-Kuwait, ASIR-Saudi. All members compete in Swimming/Volleyball/Basketball/Soccer/Badminton/Track & Field at both the JV and Varsity levels.  


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Ryan Hornblower

Athletic Director