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 nine 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 competition have included AFL superstars Sam Mitchell 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 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 coach of the Eastwood St Andrews AFC and father of three Stephen Bissett.

The award recognises fathers in local communities from all over Australia who have been making a positive impact through their involvement in local sport.

Paul Gomez a local parent and member of the club who nominated him said "Stephen is a great role model for our kids. He works a full time job and makes himself available to coach soccer, cricket and help at our school. This year he has taken on the role of Vice-President of women’s football in its inaugural year for the club. He has a great sense of community and always has a smile on his face encouraging the kids to do their best and loves training them to improve. He has personally coached my kids in cricket over the last few years and I can attest to the great person Stephen is”.

Presenting the award to Stephen was ex English Premier League player and current TV personality Michael Bridges who added his own personal experience of a community sports dad, "Back where I grew up in Northern England I was lucky enough to have a local community dad just like Stephen, he would help anyone in their sporting endeavours, take us to special events to keep us enthused and generally just be there for anything we needed in sport.  He was our local unsung hero and without his support I’m sure myself and all the other kids in our community would have never achieve the great heights in football and in life. It would have been great for us to have an award like this so we could have given him the chance to be recognised, just like Stephen deserves to be”. 

Befitting his gentle nature and with a tear in his eye Stephen was modest in accepting the award and deflected his many achievements. ”There are a lot of dads out there just like me, its all about seeing our sons and daughters enjoying their sport whether its soccer, cricket or football and helping in any way you can, I just love it.  Its so rewarding for me doing my bit and also seeing lots of parents do the same.  I simply like seeing the kids come up to me after school or before training and say with a small on they face - how are you coach?".  

Stephen who has been a part of the local club for over 7 years added “Support doesn’t just come from one person in our community it comes from lots of people, communities can’t be communities unless people put the effort in to help”. 

Stephen’s prize was a $5,000 rebel sports voucher which he will donate to Eastwood St Andrews AFC as well as $1,000 RRP worth of Philips male grooming products.

Stephen went on to say "I'd like to say thanks to Philips as well, its great honour to be the Philips Community Sports Dad of the Year.  If it wasn’t for them I’m not sure how community dads would get recognised for the work they do”.

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 2017
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