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Alix Popham

Alix Popham

Alix Popham is a Welsh former professional rugby union player who made over 250 appearances in 13 years as a professional. He played internationally for the Wales national team, earning 33 caps, played in World Cups in 2003 and 2007 and was a 2008 Grand Slam winner.

Alix Popham retired from rugby in 2011 and in 2020, was diagnosed with probable chronic traumatic encephalopathy and early onset dementia. Receiving the diagnosis on the phone during lockdown, adding to the trauma of the news.

Doctors have estimated that his brain had suffered up to 100,000 sub-concussions over the course of his 14-year professional career.

Alix has lost a lot of his memory from his playing days and when he sees a match on TV in which he played, he knows he played in it but has no recollection, no memory of the stadium, the bus or the result.

Since his diagnosis, Alix Popham founded the charity Head For Change to raise money and awareness. 

Contact Great British Speakers today to book former Welsh rugby player, charity founder and early onset dementia sufferer Alix Popham for your next event.

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