Nigel Owens to open proceedings at SIBEC UK

Posted 24.04.2018

International rugby union referee, Nigel Owens MBE will be the keynote speaker on the opening morning of SIBEC UK, taking place at The Belfry, May 23-24, 2018.

One of the world’s most iconic and best-known rugby union referees, Nigel Owens holds the world record for most test matches refereed. An international referee since 2005, Owen’s refereed at the last three World Cups, and in 2015 won the World Rugby Referee Award at the World Rugby Awards.

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Beyond his achievements on the field, Owens is well-known as the UK’s first openly gay rugby union referee. A high-profile gay man who has had to deal with his fair share of abuse, Owens is a strong,amiable character. In 2015, Owens was named ‘Gay Sports Personality of the Decade’ by Stonewall.

SIBEC attendees can look forward to an entertaining, insightful speech about self-motivation, battling adversity and being a positive role model.

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