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Fighting Back: In conversation with Nigel Owens, MBE

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Title: Fighting Back: In conversation with Nigel Owens, MBE

Event Date: 22 January 2019


Speaker:
Nigel Owens, MBE


Time:
19:00-20:00


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In this talk, Nigel will share with us his personal journey and experiences in dealing with adversity. There will be the opportunity to hear from Nigel about his own experiences of living with mental health issues such as bulimia and what strategies that have worked for him in managing his eating disorder. There will also be an option to ask Nigel questions about rugby or anything else for that matter.


Speaker Biography

In May 2007, Owens publicly came out as gay in an interview with Wales on Sunday. Reaction was mostly supportive. Owens said that coming out was a difficult decision, and that he had contemplated suicide when he was 26.

Shortly after the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Owens was named 'Gay Sports Personality of the Year' at gay rights group Stonewall's awards ceremony in London. In 2011 he was made a member of the Gorsedd of Bards. He was a patron of the LGBT Centre of Excellence Wales, until its disbandment in late 2012, but he is still that of the Wooden Spoon Society rugby charity. In 2013 Owens became a patron of Bullies Out charity in Wales. He has served as secretary, chairman and president of the Wales Federation of Young Farmers Clubs. In 2015, Owens was named 'Gay Sports Personality of the Decade' at Stonewall awards ceremony in London. In the 2016 Birthday Honours, Owens was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to sport.

In February 2017, Owens was the castaway on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, during which he revealed to presenter Kirsty Young that before accepting his sexuality he had asked a doctor if he could be chemically castrated.

On 24 July 2017, Owens presented a Panorama documentary about men and eating disorders. In it, he opened up about his own experiences with bulimia and how it has affected his life, highlighting refereeing the rugby world cup as a significant trigger.


The talk is in partnership with the following external organisations:

- Bournemouth Borough Council and Borough of Poole
- Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner
- Dorset Police
- Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
- Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service
- Students Union Bournemouth University
- Willmott Dixon


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