Nigel Owens MBE continues to blow the whistle on a distinguished rugby career - 2nd February 2017


SW&A Accountants were delighted to put on a fantastic sporting dinner last week in association with Sixways Stadium in Worcester featuring renowned rugby referee Nigel Owens MBE.

MD – Neil Sysum said “We couldn't have been more impressed with the night; Nigel was as exceptional speaker and such good fun to be with and the Sixways team put on an epic show fitting for such a legend

Over 420 guests enjoyed Nigel’s talk and there were plenty of tales to entertain those attending who aren’t die-hard rugby enthusiasts.

Neil remarked that “Nigel was impressed with my shoes; clearly Sir has impeccable taste which made my night” – anyone who knows Neil will understand the ‘statement’ and ‘reputation’ he has for an eclectic taste in shoes.

Those of you who follow SW_and_A on Twitter and SW&A Accountants on FaceBook will have undoubtedly seen the signed programmes, banners and flyers testifying to ‘loving the shoes’ – maybe we will see a pair presented next time Nigel visits Warriors in a Referee capacity…

Watch this space!

As well as continuing to referee at the highest level, Nigel is fast gaining a reputation as an excellent speaker and he also appears regularly on radio and TV.

The SW&A team will be tuning in this Sunday, February 5, when he is the castaway on Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4 at 11.15am and look forward to hearing his eight chosen pieces of music, favourite book and luxury item.

Born and raised in Carmarthenshire, Nigel first picked up the whistle aged 16 when he realised his options as a player were limited. A former school technician and farm worker, he broke through onto the international refereeing circuit in 2005 and took charge of his first Test when Japan hosted Ireland in the summer of that year.

Nigel is regarded as one of the best referees in the business for the impact he has on the flow of a game. In 2015 he became only the second Welsh official since 1991 to referee a World Cup Final when New Zealand beat Australia.

In 2007 he became one of the first high profile sports professionals to come out as gay and has spoken about this decision as being the biggest challenge he has ever faced - even more so than officiating an international in front of many thousands of spectators and a huge TV audience.

Nigel says the support he has received from the rugby authorities, the players and the fans has enabled him to be true to himself and carry on working - and long may it continue. It was an honour to meet such a legend of the game and hear his inspirational stories.

He will be welcome back anytime! A legend and a superstar!


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