Gareth Thomas

Gareth Thomas | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Gareth Thomas | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker, Wales Grand Slam Winner, LGBTQ+ Empowering And DEI Advocate
London
Inspire your team, educate them about diversity and inclusion, and break stigmas with Gareth Thomas, speaker, Wales Grand Slam Winner, LGBTQ+ and DEI advocate.
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Gareth Thomas | Speaker Biography

First openly gay professional rugby union player
Advocate for LGBT rights and HIV awareness
Former Welsh international rugby star and second-highest try scorer

Not only is Gareth one of Wales' most memorable former international rugby stars, but he has also proven to be a significant influence off the pitch. Gareth announced that he was gay in 2009, becoming the first openly gay professional rugby union player in the history of the game. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to break the stigma surrounding being HIV positive as well. Gareth's impact on the pitch is undeniable. He became Wales' second-highest try scorer in the country's history and earned 100 caps for his country. In 2005, he also led his team to win the Grand Slam. Beyond his sporting achievements, Gareth has made influential contributions as an LGBT advocate. He was named the Most Influential Gay Person in the UK in 2010 by The Independent and received Stonewall's Hero of the Year award for his work. The documentary 'Gareth Thomas: HIV and Me' focused on reducing the stigma around HIV positive status, while his honest account in the book 'Proud' earned him the Sports Book of the Year award in 2015. In addition to his advocacy work, Gareth is an engaging mentor and speaker. If you're looking to inspire your team and educate them about diversity and inclusion, Gareth Thomas is the legend you should turn to.

Why Should You Book Gareth Thomas?

Gareth brings a unique blend of elite sports achievement and groundbreaking advocacy to your team, inspiring resilience, inclusivity, and courage. His firsthand experiences in breaking barriers and fostering acceptance in challenging environments will empower and enlighten your team on the importance of diversity and inclusion. Booking Gareth as a speaker guarantees an impactful, motivational experience that will leave a lasting impression on your organization.

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