Gareth Thomas


Gareth Thomas is an extraordinary inspirational speaker who has continually helped to break down boundaries for the LGBTQ community, in sport, the media and life.

One of the most courageous sports stars in modern history, Gareth Thomas has been where others have never been before. Tackling endless issues in society today, Gareth has shed light on issues including homophobia, HIV awareness and diversity, in addition to leading a memorable career in rugby. Gareth was, until 2011, the most-capped rugby union player in Welsh history. His career saw him rack up an impressive 100 caps for Wales, securing an impressive 200 points for the side, a score that puts him second in the list of all-time Welsh try-scorers.

Following a fantastic effort on the pitch, Gareth has impressed with his analysis of rugby coverage on the BBC. Featuring as a popular presenter and pundit on screen, as well as an after-dinner speaker on stage, he is without a doubt one of the top inspirational sports speakers in the UK today.

In the year Gareth came out as gay, in 2009, he was voted as the most influential gay person in the UK by The Independent on Sunday Pink List. A decade on from the announcement, which at the time was a monumental announcement for the LGBTQ community, Gareth made another one.

In 2019, Gareth announced that he had been living with HIV, offering hope and awareness once more to communities that already idolised him. The declaration drew huge swathes of support from all over the UK and further afield with thousands of people turning out to cheer Gareth on in the Ironman triathlon in Tenby, Pembrokeshire.

Footage of his run, broadcast on the BBC saw an emotional embrace with his father and featured support up and down Wales. His announcement would also prompt the BBC One Wales documentary, Gareth Thomas: HIV and Me. In the week when Gareth once again made history, this time fighting the stigma attached to HIV, even the Palace moved to support him, with Prince William tweeting – “Courageous as ever – legend on the pitch and legend off it”.

Ideal for inspiring audiences as an LGBTQ speaker, rugby pundit, specialist in teamwork and leadership or motivational speaker, Gareth Thomas is well-received in all scenarios.

To book Gareth Thomas as the rugby speaker for your corporate event, conference or function simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When at corporate events, Gareth is known to cover the following topics:

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

See what people had to say about Gareth, when he appeared at their corporate events:

“The speech from Gareth went fantastically well and he responded to the questions brilliantly and there were plenty. He is such a lovely and warm person considering his life success and stardom. It was a real pleasure to be able to meet him. Thank you for all your assistance with arranging Gareth’s attendance, it made our conference really special and made all the stress in the preparation worth it.” – Tracy Ceraldi, KeolisAmey Docklands Ltd

‘It really was an amazing event, you guys and the BRG are amazing, impressive and courageous. Both Kellie and Gareth were so open and honest, we are really priveledged to have had them visit the office and share. Thank you so much.’

‘My own personal take away was Gareth describing ‘how faster you can run, how higher you can jump’ when the burden had been lifted after he came out.’

“The event was a resounding success and Gareth Thomas was absolutely amazing. Professional, accommodating, attention to detail and incredible fun. It is by far the best event that I have hosted so far. Gareth did not disappoint in any way whatsoever. All my guests are still raving about the event and “Alfie” this morning.”
Loredana Williams – IWC

“We all very much appreciated his kindness and honesty in sharing his journey with us.  Gareth was a huge hit and we have received nothing but positive feedback about the evening from clients and staff alike.” – Stephenson Howard Law Firm    

“Wow, wow, wow !!  My favourite so far.  Gareth was truly inspirational, made us laugh and cry.  We have never had a speaker receive such a long round of applause before. Everyone was talking about it afterwards. Thank you very much for another great speaker, look forward to working with you again very soon.” – UHY Hacker Young

“I thought I would just let you know that our event was a huge success! Gareth was a fantastic speaker and an all-round lovely guy. The feedback from my colleagues was all very positive, one even said that he was the best speaker we have ever had! Now the challenge is to find someone just as good for our November event!”
Cleo PhillipsPGIM Real Estate

“Gareth was amazing yesterday, such a lovely friendly guy, and his talk was extremely emotional and powerful. We have had some fantastic feedback. Please pass on my thanks to Gareth, it was great to have him here taking part in our Pride events for 2019.”
Jennie, Shop Direct