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 eleven 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 celebrity competition have included AFL superstars Trent Cotchin 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 again 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 under 8’s coach, first aider, photographer, fundraiser, manager, committee member and the regular go to man who never says no for his beloved Berala Bears JRLFC. Father of 8 Bill Soliola.

Bill has been part of the Berala club for the past three years and club secretary Kylie Carroll, who nominated Bill, said his passion for the club is second to none. 

“I nominated Bill for all his hard work,” Kylie said. “He stands in 24/7 for whoever needs help. He is the heart and soul of our club and does it all for free and without being asked. Bill fits all this around a busy family and active church life. He is the definition of a super hero dad!”

Befitting his giving nature,  Bill was humbled by the award and deflected attention away from himself. “I feel over the moon, but at the same time I feel this is more of a community effort award,” the hard working local hero said. “They say it takes a village to raise a child, well that's the case here with this award ... building strong bonds with local sporting families by learning and listening. This award is for everyone. What motivates me are all the families. Volunteering to me is about giving and not expecting anything back. Making life easier for others and putting smiles on children's faces”.

Retired NRL star Sam Perrett, who presented Bill with his award, shared his own experience with community volunteers. “When I was growing up and starting out in rugby league, it was volunteers like Bill who helped support local clubs which increased my enjoyment and love of sport,” Sam said. Without the support of the many dads and mums in their communities local sport for children wouldn’t survive”. 

“Congratulations to Bill, the Berala Bears are lucky to have a dad like him at the Club”.

Bill’s prize is a $5,000 Rebel sports voucher which he will donate to the Berala Bears JRLFC as well as $1,000 worth of Philips male grooming products. 

“Thank you to Philips for supporting such a wonderful award and a huge thank you to Berala Bears and the whole sports and education community our family is involved with,” Bill said.  “Finally, a special thank you to my hero, my dad, and also my father and mother in law ... who are all the engine room of our family. I Hope everyone has a wonderful Father’s Day.”

 

2018 Winner

Bill Soliola - donated $5,000 voucher to Berala Bears Junior RLFC



2017 Winner

Richard Galea - donated $5,000 voucher to Blacktown City Swimming Club



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 2019
 
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