Sports Dads

Nominate your local Sports Dads in the
Philips Community Sports Dad of the Year award

Nominate your local Sports Dads in the Philips Community Sports Dad of the Year award

For the past ten years, thanks to Philips male grooming, we have highlighted some amazing celebrity Sports Dads in Australia and how they are inspirations on and off their sporting fields.

Previous finalists in the celebrity competition have included AFL superstars Trent Cotchin and Luke Hodge; NRL champions Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston; former two-time Grand Slam tennis champion Lleyton Hewitt; Socceroo hero Tim Cahill; one of the world’s best batsman David Warner; former world surfing champ Joel Parkinson and V8 Supercar star Mark 'Frosty’ Winterbottom.

This year we are again giving Community Sports Dads of Australia the chance to be recognised in the same way for their wonderful achievements and the chance to be crowned the Philips Community Sports Dad of the Year.

The community Sports Dad nominee can be any dad, whether it's a dad that coaches his local junior team, helps the local sports club with funding or support, or simply plays competitive sport on the weekend, now is the chance to highlight a father who’s an inspiration to your local community.

Last years Philips Community Sports Dad of the Year winner was president of the Blacktown City Swimming Club and father of three Richard Galea. The award recognises fathers in local communities from all over Australia who have been making a positive impact through their involvement in local sport.

Karen Smith a local parent and member of the club who nominated him said "Richard has worked without complaint to rebuild Blacktown City Swimming Club. It is once again one of the biggest clubs in the district. He’s hired coaches, fundraised, done the books and looked after all the finances. Many, many hours of hard volunteer work. At the same time he has also represented the sport of swimming as the president of the the Metro South West swimming area. This has also taken hours of his time”.

After receiving his award and befitting his nature Richard was modest in accepting the award.

"It is a great honour to be selected as this year’s Philips Community Sports Dad of the Year. I am very grateful that members of my club felt strong enough that my contribution deserved nomination. Seeing the kids smiling and having fun is the biggest reward for any volunteer. When you see someone as young as 3 jumping in and having a go to swim 12 metres, its all the motivation you need! I always enjoy at the start of each year the kids come in and tell me how well they went at their school carnivals and for new kids just being able to participate at a school swimming carnival is such a big achievement. It really makes you feel very proud”.

Richard who has been a part of the rebuilding of the local club for over 4 years added “We work very closely with Blacktown Aquatic Centre and Blacktown City Council and without their support the club could not survive. Blacktown Aquatic Centre has some of the best facilities in the State and our swimmers are very fortunate to have these facilities to train and pursue their goals”.

Richard’s son Matthew who is 15 years old and a top 10 national swimmer went onto say "My Dad gets up 5 days a week at 4am to drive me to training, he then goes to work all day and is then back again at our swimming club every night and on the weekends to help run events and carnivals. He is a legend”.

Richard’s prize was a $5,000 rebel sports voucher which he will donate to the club as well as $1,000 worth of Philips male grooming products for himself. "I advised the committee at our recent meeting of our success and there were lots of screams of enjoyment. We have many ideas in respect to equipment, gifts for raffles which are very valuable fund raisers and gifts for our annual presentation day"

Finally, Richard shared some encouragement to all community volunteers “Keep up the great work because without you our kids may not have the opportunity to participate, compete and pursue their passion and thank you Philips for getting behind such a wonderful award”. 

2017 Winner

Richard Galea - donated $5,000 voucher to Blacktown City Swimming Club

2016 Winner

Stephen Bissett, Eastwood - donated $5,000 voucher to Eastwood St. Andrews AFC

2015 Winner

Jason Greenhalgh, Orange - donated $5,000 voucher to Bloomfield Junior RLFC

2014 Winner

Gary Timperley, Byron Bay - donated $5,000 voucher to Byron Bay Surf Lifesaving Club

2013 Winner

Tony Vecellio (OAM), Randwick - donated $5,000 voucher to Randwick Botany Little Athletic Centre


Sports Dad of the Year 2018
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