PROUD – MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY
This is the story of a sporting legend and national hero with a secret that was slowly killing him. Something that might devastate not only his own life but those of his wife, family, friends and team mates. He couldn’t know what the consequences would be when the truth came out. The only thing he knew for certain was it could not be worse than the daily torture his life had become.
Gareth Thomas is the third most capped Welsh rugby union player of all time and the world’s 12th leading try scorer in rugby union internationals. He is still the world’s only top class professional sportsman to have come out as gay while still playing. His is an amazing story of a man facing up to the truth and not knowing where it might take him.
Gareth has already become a hero to many, and yet his inspiring and moving story transcends the world of sport to tell a universal truth about feeling like an outsider, and facing up to who you really are.
Thursday, 30th October 2014
The Author/Gareth Thomas
Gareth Thomas was born in 1974. He played club rugby union for Bridgend, the Celtic Warriors, Toulouse and Cardiff Blues. He has 100 international caps for Wales and has also played for the British and Irish Lions. In 2010 he switched to rugby league, playing for the Crusaders RL in the Super League, and for Wales. He retired from rugby in October 2011. He announced publicly in 2009 that he was gay, and was voted the most influential gay person by Stonewall in their annual pink list that year. He is a dedicated supporter of the charity Childline.
Gareth has written this book with Michael Calvin who is chief sports writer with the Independent on Sunday and has twice been named Sports Reporter of the Year. His latest book, The Nowhere Men, was published in August 2013, to critical acclaim.