Gareth Thomas


Welsh rugby speaker and former international player, Gareth Thomas is one of the most iconic rugby players in his home country; with several years spent as one of the top ten Welsh and International Rugby Players in the World Thomas has made a name for himself as a popular media guest, pundit and sports speaker.

Originally from Bridgend in Wales, Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas became a professional rugby player in 1995; after taking 100 caps for his country and taking part in no less than four winning rugby league challenges Gareth retired in 2011 but continues to rank in the top 20 try scorers in the world. Upon retirement Gareth Thomas became a dedicated sports speaker and media star.

As well as working as a rugby speaker, Gareth Thomas has appeared on a number of high profile reality TV series including Celebrity Big Brother where his popularity saw him through to the final three contestants. Thomas has also appeared on Dancing on Ice and as a pundit and commentator for a number of important rugby union games for the BBC.

Beyond the work as a rugby speaker Gareth Thomas is probably best known as the first openly gay rugby player in the UK; after coming out in 2009 Gareth has spoken about the stigma of homosexuality within the sports industry. An active supporter of ChildLine, Thomas has stated that, although he doesn’t know if coming out has made his life easier or not, he hopes that his doing so will help other young gay sportsman seek support from charities such as ChildLine.

To book the world-renowned rugby speaker, Gareth Thomas, to make a personal appearance at your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

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

“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