Nominations & Votes


Celebrity Dads


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!

Jonathan Thurston showing off his win with his family.

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 and Anthony Minichiello 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.

The reigning champion is South Sydney captain Adam Reynolds who took out the award last year where he polled more than 20 per cent of the votes to beat NRL colleagues Josh Morris, Michael Jennings and James Tamou, AFL superstars Trent Cotchin, Tom Hawkins and Mitch Robinson, super car favourite Fabian Coulthard, NBA Star Matthew Dellavedova and Wallaby half Nic White.

With $80,000 donated so far to various charities, the winning dad donates much needed funds to his charity of choice!


Past winners

For the past 13 years, Australia has voted for its favourite sports superstar dad, with some of the biggest names in the country honoured for their role of doting dad.