Philips recognises greatness on and off the sporting field with the ‘Sports Dad of the Year’
The annual award highlights celebrity dads from various sporting codes, giving us all an insight into how they juggle fatherhood with their community and sporting commitments. The winning dad donates much needed funds to his charity of choice, with $80,000 donated so far to various charities close to the celebrity dads hearts!
From inaugural champion, Wests Tigers NRL premiership winner John Skandalis, the winners read like a Who’s Who of a future Australian sporting almanac. AFL premiership winners Brett Kirk, Jude Bolton and Sam Mitchell have joined rugby league greats Skandalis, Johnathan Thurston, Benji Marshall, Anthony Minichiello and Adam Reynolds as winners of the award, while Mark Winterbottom claimed the checkered flag for the Supercar fraternity as the 2012 winner. Former Australian Cricket vice-captain David Warner knocked up a win in 2016.
This year’s title and reigning champion went to Logan Martin, who recently became Australia’s first-ever men’s BMX Freestyle gold medallist at the Tokyo Olympics Games.
During the competition period we featured an amazing list of contenders who have opened up about juggling elite sport with fatherhood. Opening up their private photos albums as well.
Not only do they add their name to an illustrious list, they also had the chance to donate $5,000 to their chosen charity and Logan chose Lung Foundation Australia.
This year’s other contenders were again household names from Olympics to club legends in both rugby league and union and a Bathurst 1000 champion.
So going into battle for the 2021 Sports Dad of the Year was Manly and Queensland Maroons skipper Daly Cherry-Evans, who went head to head for the title with fellow NRL stars Dale Finucane, Aaron Woods and Thomas Burgess.
Flying the flag for the AFL this year was Melbourne star forward Ben Brown and Brisbane Lions’ Mitch Robinson, while Wallabies flyer Marika Koroibete received plenty of votes from the rugby faithful.
From the popular Supercars circuit, Dave Reynolds was also in the running to add this year’s title as Sports Dad of the Year to his Bathurst triumph.
And last but not least, rounding out this year’s contenders was another Olympian, Australian hockey star and Tokyo silver medallist Jake Whetton who was joined by our winner Logan Martin.
BMX freestyle Olympic champion is our Sports Dad of the Year winner!
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