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Gareth Thomas

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Former Welsh Rugby Player & Diversity Speaker

A former Welsh Rugby player, Gareth Thomas has become one of the most iconic figures in rugby, when he revealed he was gay – making him at the time the only openly gay high profile sportsman in the UK.

His started by playing for a small youth club in Bridgend and went on to become Wales’ third most-capped player, the twelfth highest try scorer in the world and one of very few to notch up four tries in a single match.

Gareth has done it all in the game. His stats include -:

• Over 100 caps for his home country – Wales’ most-capped rugby player,
• 9th highest try scorer in the world,
• One of just seven players to have scored four tries in a match;
• Captain of Wales’ Grand Slam winning team in 2005,
• Captained the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

Named BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year in 2005 in recognition of his outstanding achievements

Off the field, Gareth Thomas’ personal life hit the headlines when he famously revealed to the world that he was gay. Since ‘coming out’ Gareth’s profile has risen dramatically with high demand for appearances in television documentaries, chat shows and feature films both in the UK and abroad, and in August 2010 he was voted top of the Pink List for the 101 Most Influential Gay People in the UK.

Although he never downplays the significance of this achievement, he hopes to see a day when it is no longer an issue in the game at all. ‘I don’t want to be known as a gay rugby player. I am a rugby player, and first and foremost I am a man’.

SPEAKING TOPICS

Gareth corporate talks about his sporting career, as well as his personal life and the difficulties he experienced when trying to come to term with his sexuality.

Gareth is a compelling speaker and speaks on –

• Peak Performance,
• Overcoming Adversity,
• Maximising Success
• The Stigma Of Homosexuality Within The Sports Industry

Topics

Diversity & Inclusion
Mental Health
Overcoming Adversity
Teamwork

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