Nominations now open for the tenth annual Philips Community Sports Dad of the Year Award
Nominations are now open for the tenth annual Philips Community Sports Dad of the Year award, which acknowledges the contributions and positive impact that Australian dads have made to their families and community both on and off the sporting field.
Celebrating ten years of this prestigious award, dads across Australia have been acknowledged for their commitment to community sport - from coaching duties, painting lines on the pitch to raising funds for new equipment. This year, the hunt is on again for Australia’s Community Sports Dad of the Year with submissions now open until midnight AEST on Tuesday, 22 August 2023.
Damien Cook, Rabbitohs and NSW origin star who won the 2022 Celebrity Sports Dad of the Year award, knows first-hand the support he received from his own dad growing up and aspires to do the same with his kids, Willow and Jagger.
“Speaking from experience with my own dad when I was younger, community dads are so important with the roles they cover - from being a coach, setting up fields, refereeing and driving us to and from training and on game days.
“My dad did this all while working full time and then worked overtime just to earn the extra time off to be able to get me to and from my commitments and be there to support me. I’ll always be grateful for that.”
Every athlete, no matter grassroots or professional, has a story of who has supported them over the years. In many cases, this has been a parent who has committed to championing community sports from the sidelines or behind the scenes. The Philips Community Sports Dad of the Year Award was created as an opportunity to come together and collectively say thanks ahead of Father’s Day.
Nominations are now open and close at midnight AEST on 22 August 2023.
To nominate a community sports dad, submit 100 words on why they should win via www.sportsdads.com.au/
To find out further information and/or to submit a dad needing to be recognised, visit www.sportsdads.com.au