One of the most respected professional rugby union referee’s throughout the world, Nigel Owens MBE, was the guest speaker at the ‘Pride of Wales’ dinner at the Wolfscastle Country Hotel, Haverfordwest on Wednesday 30th November 2016. The event was organised by ‘The Events Room’ and hosted by Scrum V favourite Phil Steele. It was in support of Tenovus Cancer Care.
A very funny and entertaining after dinner speech was given by Nigel who told some behind the scenes stories of his refereeing career to the large audience.
Nigel started refereeing at the age of 16 at an under 15’s game between Carmarthen and Pembrokeshire. He refereed at local club level and made his way up the ladder, in 2001 Nigel was appointed as the Welsh Rugby Union’s first ever full time professional referee.
At the age of 34 (in 2005) he was appointed as an international referee, with his first international rugby game between Ireland and Japan in Osaka. He continued his referring success and was appointed to ref the Heineken Cup finals on 3 occasions, 2008, 2009 & 2012, the only ref to have done this.
In 2007 Nigel made his World Cup debut, he said that one of his most proudest moment was when he refereed the Rugby World Cup 2015 Final at Twickenham.
Nigel is a fluent Welsh speaker and is well known on S4C as a presenter on the chat shows Jonathan and Bwrw’r Bar. He also hosts his own quiz programme Munud i Fynd.
EPS Events (Event and Production Services UK Ltd) were delighted to have supplied the PA and production for this nostalgic event. We used our EV (Electro-Voice) high performance loudspeakers for the PA, with speakers strategically placed around the room to make sure that the sound was audible from all areas. Handheld radio mics were used for Nigel and Phil to allow them the flexibility to move around the room during the evening.
For further details on the next dinners with high profile speakers organised by The Events Room visit www.theeventsroom.co.uk.