Gareth Thomas

One of Wales’ Most Capped Rugby Player & Winner of the Most Influential Gay Person in the UK

  • Scored 200 points for Wales’ national team
  • Former most capped Welsh rugby player
  • Won four rugby league caps for Wales & scored three tries
  • Came out as gay in 2009, advocates for LGBT+ representation
  • Voted Most Influential Gay Person in the UK by The Independent
  • Won Stonewall’s Hero of the Year Award

Discover Gareth Thomas’s biography of published work below.

Proud by Gareth Thomas
Proud: My Autobiography

When Gareth Thomas is booked for webinars and virtual events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

The Stigma of Homosexuality in Sport
Diversity and Inclusion
Captaining a National Side
Overcoming Adversity
Effective Leadership & Teamwork
LGBT Representation in Professional Environments
Playing Top-Level Sport

A true powerhouse of athleticism, Gareth Thomas is one of Wales’ most capped rugby union players, with a staggering 100 appearances and 200 points to his name. He is a man of many positions, having thrived as a fullback, wing and centre throughout his career, reflecting Gareth’s versatility and skill. Off the pitch, he came out as gay in 2009, marking the start of Gareth’s LGBT+ advocacy. He has since become an inspiring diversity speaker, booked for virtual events where he opens his audience’s eyes to the power of inclusion.

Gareth burst onto the international stage in 1995, quickly equalling the team’s record of four tries in a single match. Earning hat-trick after hat-trick, Gareth’s accurate speed left his opponents struggling to keep up, proven when he scored the longest interception try ever witnessed at Arms Park, in 1996. His speeches reveal the secrets of such formidable strength and skill, to arm audiences with a winning mindset.

In 2009, Gareth came out publicly as gay. The brave decision made him the first openly homosexual rugby union player in the UK. Gareth spearheaded the well overdue shift in perception, opening the door for other athletes to live their true selves and increase LGBT+ representation in sport. He continues to pave the way for future gay athletes, by appearing at Pride events and virtual inclusion workshops.

Aside from his national appearances, Gareth has also played for several senior teams, including Cardiff RFC. Starting with Bridgend in 1994, he made 69 appearances before moving to Cardiff in 1997, where he earned 220 points. Gareth later played for Toulouse until 2007, when he transferred to Cardiff Blues, the last team before his retirement in 2010. Having sustained such peak performance across a decade of intense playing, Gareth’s virtual speeches reveal the secrets of mental resilience and marginal gains.

Official Testimonials

Gareth Thomas is regularly booked to engage audiences at virtual events, read their latest feedback below:

“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.”

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 privileged to have had them visit the office and share. Thank you so much.”


“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 this morning.”


The event was really well received, with lots of positive comments from colleagues who attended. As I said in my voicemail, Gareth is truly inspirational – so humble and honest.  His story was incredibly moving and we really enjoyed being able to speak to him today.  We would like to say a big thank you again!


Louise, Clifford Chance

To enquire about Gareth Thomas for your next virtual event or webinar, simply contact The Online Speakers Agency via or call a booking agent on 0203 9317 391.