Community Sports Dad of the Year 2016
Tim Cahill - Soccer

Partner’s name: Rebekah
Children’s names: Kyah (13), Shae (11), Sienna (9) & Cruz (4)

Tim Cahill needs no introduction to Australian sports fans. One of our greatest soccer players of all-time, Tim has been a central figure in Australia’s re-emergence on the soccer world stage. The former kid from Kingsgrove enjoyed a stellar career in England, playing for lower division club Millwall before signing with Premier League giants Everton, where he played 226 games scoring 56 goals between 2004 and 2012. He left Everton for a three year stint with the New York Red Bulls, before playing a year with Shenghai Shenhuaand half a season with Hangzhou Greentown in the Chinese Super League. But it’s his 91 games with the Socceroos which has made him a favourite with Aussie sports fans, with Tim always on the spot to bang in the important goal. In the Socceroos return to the World Cup in Germany 2006, Tim became the first Australian to score a World Cup goal in Australia’s 3-1 win against Japan, scoring a second goal shortly after for good measure. Tim’s goal in last year’s World Cup against the Netherlands is regarded by experts as one of the greatest ever scored in a World Cup. Tim also played a key role in Australia’s first ever major tournament win, last year’s Asian Cup when the Socceroos beat South Korea in a gripping final. Tim holds the record for most goals scored by a Socceroo. Tim has decided to end his career in Australia, signing for Melbourne City in the A League. The father of four says despite his success, he would hand every accolade back for his family. "You could take everything off me tomorrow, I’ll still be happy," Tim recently said in an interview. "So long as my family are living very close together, that’s all that matters really for me. "I could score a goal in the World Cup but I’ll be in my environment with my family straight after," he said. In another interview, before he signed to return home, Tim said his playing career hinged on what is best for his family. "The decision I make will be definitely around trying to play as long as possible," Tim said. "But the reality will be what suits the family, the kids and their schooling and also where they want to live." Tim’s 13-year-old son Kyah is an aspiring singer, who once sang the national anthem before a New York Red Bulls game, which Tim revealed made him more nervous than any big football game he’s ever played.

Sports Dad of the Year 2016
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