Trent Cotchin - AFL

Partner’s name: Brooke
Children’s names: Harper (3) and Mackenzie (2)
Charity of choice: Captain Courageous

After captaining his team to its first AFL premiership in almost 40 years last year, Trent will go down as a legend of the Richmond Tigers Football club. The tough midfielder has played more than 200 games for his beloved Tigers, with the Premiership his crowning glory alongside his 2012 Brownlow Medal and three Jack Dyer Medals as the Tigers’ Best and Fairest player. But this fierce competitor is also every inch the doting dad to young daughter’s Harper and Mackenzie. “You just forget what you did with your spare time before the arrival of kids, but it’s the best ever life changes,” Trent said. “It’s horrible,” Trent said, reflecting on the time he has to spend away from his girls during the gruelling AFL season. His wife Brooke went onto say “What makes Trent such a good father is he is mostly patient, kind, involved and hands on. We hate not having him around and the girls are forever asking for him on game days!”

Do you find it hard spending time away from the kids during the season? It’s horrible. There are times where you wish for some ‘me’ time but as you soon as you get it, you wish they were here! - Trent

Favourite activity with the girls? They are both into their scooters at the moment. But for me, I love the baby chinos and coffee outings. - Trent

Tell us what it’s like on game days? I love spending time with them, except in the final hour before leaving. But, to be honest, it doesn’t faze me either way these days. - Trent

Do the girls understand who their dad is and what you do? Yes. Harper now asks when we are getting the next ‘Premiership Cup’!  If only they knew how hard it was! - Trent

I guess you've seen your partner in a whole new light? Incredible, we never tell them enough about the appreciation  we have for them. Birth, mothering, wives! All very big gigs. - Trent

Tell us about the nappy changes and washing? I’ll put my hand up! - Trent

Favourite holiday with the family? Bali or Noosa. - Trent

What is Trent’s best asset as a father? He is very hands on, always entertaining and keeps the girls engaged at all times. - Brooke

What tasks does he perform around the home to help? I cook. He feeds, he baths them while I also clean. We’re a good team! - Brooke


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