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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 $105,000 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 KirkJude Bolton and Sam Mitchell have joined rugby league greats Skandalis, Johnathan ThurstonBenji MarshallAnthony 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. Our 2021 winner was high flying BMX star Logan Martin, who became Australia’s first-ever men’s BMX Freestyle gold medallist at the Tokyo Olympics Games and last years winner was Rabbitohs representative hooker and father of two Damien Cook.

Again, this year we had an amazing list of 10 elite athletes who have opened up about juggling elite sport with fatherhood.

Not only do they add their name to an illustrious list, they also had the chance to donate funds to their chosen charity.

This year’s contenders were again household names from an Olympic medallist to club legends in both rugby league and union and a recent Ashes winner.

Going into battle for the 2023 Philips Sports Dad of the Year were Manly and Queensland Maroons skipper Daly Cherry-Evans, who went head to head for the title with fellow NRL and Origin star Clint Gutherson.

Flying the flag for the AFL this year is Melbourne premiership winning captain Max Gawn and Collingwood legend Scott Pendlebury, while Wallabies flyer Marika Koroibete represented the rugby faithful leading into this years World Cup.

From the popular world game, the man who became an instant sporting hero to advance Australian into World Cup Andrew Redmayne teamed up again with Socceroo star Craig Goodwin who was looking to add this year’s title as Sports Dad of the Year to his Johnny Warren Medal.

Last years’ Wimbledon doubles champion Matt Ebden was the next ace on our list.

And last but not least, rounding out this year’s contenders was one of Australian’s finest cyclists for the past 20 years Rohan Dennis and test cricket royalty Usman Khawaja.

And our winner was the inspirational skipper for his club, state and country Daly Cherry-Evans.

Rugby League superstar Daly Cherry-Evans is our 2023 Philips Sports Dad of the Year

Daly Cherry-Evans


Our past celebrity winners

For the past 15 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.