3 September 2023
Daly Cherry-Evans a champion on and off the field
The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles may not be playing finals football this season, but captain Daly Cherry-Evans has still finished the year with a win.
The inspirational skipper was voted as the Philips Sports Dad of the Year for 2023.
“I’m very proud to win this award,” Daly said.
“It’s been an enjoyable process and having the kids ask me most days if I’ve won has made me happy knowing how much they care and think I’m a great dad!”
Daly beat a field of amazing celebrity sports dads that included fellow NRL and Origin star Clint Gutherson. AFL royalty in Max Gawn and Scott Pendlebury, Wallabies flyer Marika Koroibete, Australian Socceroos Andrew Redmayne and Craig Goodwin, Wimbledon doubles champion Matt Ebden, Olympic cyclist Rohan Dennis and test cricket star Usman Khawaja.
Daly went onto say “Just like to thank all the other dads for being involved, they are all amazing”
Daly has personally matched the $5,000 prize money being donated to his nominated charity Gotcha4Life Foundation, which will now receive $10,000 to support mental fitness programs that engage, educate and empower local communities.
“I’ve been an ambassador for this charity for several years now and I believe we need to keep spreading the word to help more people work on their mental fitness,” Daly said.
“I’d also like to thank Philips OneBlade for getting behind such a great award, from recognising dads in the community and providing funds to support local sports clubs and charities”.
And after finishing his season on Friday night with the Sea Eagles, Daly can put his feet up after another gruelling season – which included captaining Queensland to an Origin series win – and spend a quality Father’s Day with his family this year.
“I’m lucky this Father’s Day as I’ll have my dad down from Queensland which is really nice,” he said.
“We’ll be going out for breakfast with mum and dad and then spreading the love and some time with Vessa’s family later in the day.”