Sporting icon, philanthropist and now Ironman Triathlete Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas has announced a very special ‘Evening With’ at Cardiff St David’s Hall on Thursday 21st November.
Born in 1974 Gareth played rugby union for Bridgend, Celtic Warriors, Toulouse and Cardiff Blues, winning 100 international caps for Wales and captaining the British and Irish Lions. In 2010 he switched to rugby league, playing for the Crusaders RL, and for Wales. He retired from rugby in October 2011.
Gareth had it all. He was a national hero, a sporting icon. He was a leader of men, captain of Wales and the British Lions. To him, rugby was an expression of cultural identity, a sacred code. But all his success didn’t make the strain of hiding who he really was go away. Gareth announced publicly in 2009 that he is gay and was voted the most influential gay person by Stonewall that year.
In September 2019 rugby legend Gareth revealed he is living with HIV and wants to “break the stigma” around the condition. After making the announcement Gareth completed the Ironman triathlon in Tenby, Pembrokeshire cheered on by thousands. He finished the gruelling challenge in 12 hours and 18 minutes on what was a uniquely emotionally charged day. Watch Gareth Thomas: HIV and Me on BBC iPlayer now.
An Evening with Gareth Thomas will be an give an insight into Gareth’s inspiring and moving story that transcends the world of sport to tell a universal truth about feeling like an outsider and facing up to who you really are.