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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 $85,000 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. Last year’s 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.

The Philips Sports Dad of the Year will again highlight 10 elite athletes, who have this year been drawn together from across Australia’s four football codes and beyond.

Each finalist will give an insight into how they juggle fatherhood with their sporting commitments.

This year’s finalists are NRL stars Daley Cherry Evans, Damien Cook and James Tamou, AFL champion Scott Pendlebury, Socceroo goalkeeping hero Andrew Redmayne, Wallaby scrum half Nic White, Test cricket superstar Usman Khawaja, Wimbledon doubles champion and Davis Cup star Matt Ebden, Australian Boomers skipper Mitch McCarron and three-time Golden Slipper winning jockey Tommy Berry. 

BMX freestyle Olympic champion was our 2021 Sports Dad of the Year winner!

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For the past 14 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.

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