Gareth Thomas CBE
Welsh Rugby Legend, TV Personality, Influential Speaker & Educator
Gareth Thomas is one of the most iconic and respected figures in world rugby. He was the first Welsh player to reach 100 caps and captained Wales to their first grand slam in 27 years in 2005. Gareth famously became the first high-profile sportsman in the world to come out as gay while still playing. While 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. In 2019, Gareth bravely told the world he was living with HIV. He has since used his platform to champion issues close to him, in particular LGBTQ+ equality, mental health and tackling stigma around HIV. Gareth is the author of two autobiographies, ‘Proud’ and ‘Stronger’, that chart his remarkable journey.