Sports Dads

Philips recognises greatness on and off the sporting field with the ‘Philips Sports Dad of the Year’ 

This Father's Day, Philips will again showcase the contribution Australia's sporting dads make to their families both on and off the field with the Philips Sports Dad of the Year Awards. As the leading brand for male shaving and grooming products – which are popular Father's Day gifts – Philips is proud to recognise celebrity and amateur sporting fathers who are making positive impressions in the community.

In its ninth year, the Philips Sports Dad of the Year has highlighted athletes across a broad range of sporting fields, giving insights into how they juggle fatherhood with their sporting commitments. Last year's Celebrity winner was Cricket superstar David Warner.

Warner beat a hot field that included NRL stars, James Maloney and retired Queensland legend Corey Parker, the most capped AFL player in history Brett Harvey as well as fellow AFL champions Matthew Pavlich and Jarrad McVeigh, other athletes included four-time Olympian Jamie Dwyer, Tour de France stage winner Simon Gerrans, Supercar star Garth Tander and the man who’s delivered so much for Australia, socceroo hero Tim Cahill.  

Sporting fathers will be highlighted on a dedicated website and through our social channels @sportsdadoftheyear which will include some great content and insights into their lives.

This year's competition will focus on our wonderful Community fathers with last years Celebrity winner David Warner as our ambassador.  David takes over from our previous ambassador NRL legend Johnathan Thurston. "Dads are every kids heros. To recognise a dad that continually gives up his time to coach his kids sporting team, or to the dad that drives his kids to school each day or whatever it may be. All dads are legends so I'm sure there will be lots of sporting dads nominated"

Every person that enters and nominates their Community Sports Dad has the opportunity to win the major nominator prize of a $1000 (RRP) Philips Father's Day Grooming Pack, with one prize awarded in total, the prize includes a Vacuum Trimmer, Hair Clipper, Multigroom, 5000 series shaver and the 9000 series shaver - the ultimate shaving experience.  See T&C’s for more

The major prize for the winner of the Community Sports Dad of the Year award will be a $5000 Rebel Sports Voucher to donate to his community sports club of choice, as well as receiving a Philips Father's Day Grooming Pack!

Click the link here to nominate your Community Sports Dad of the Year - it could be your dad!

2016 Winner

Press Release - Fathers Day, Sunday 4th September 2016

He’s long been one of Australia’s favourite cricketers, and now David Warner can add Australia’s favourite sports dad to his incredible list of achievements. Australia’s stand-in one day captain has beaten a crack field of high profile athletes to be crowned the 2016 Philips Sports Dad of the Year. It’s an achievement that made him as proud as any Ashes Test or World Cup victory. “I am very proud and I am greatly humbled and honoured to win this award,” David said. “I would like to thank all the people who voted for me and supported the other dads.”

David paid tribute to this year’s nominations which included Socceroo legend Tim Cahill, AFL greats Brent Harvey, Matthew Pavlich and Swans star Jarrad McVeigh, NRL stars Corey Parker and James Maloney, hockey superstar Jamie Dwyer, V8 champ Garth Tander and cycling star Simon Gerrans.

Despite being on tour in Sri Lanka, Warner says he doesn’t think he is any more special a dad than millions of others around the country. “Juggling fatherhood and work is tough for anybody not just myself,” he said. “Some dads leave their kids 9-5, some leave to fight for our country for long periods and may not return. “I leave for a few weeks or months at times and I am fortunate enough to have them travel with me at times.”

When David is home, he is devoted to little Ivy Mae, who is almost two and seven month old Indi. “My favourite thing would have to be picking my daughters up out of their cots in the morning and putting them to bed on the same day,” he said. “This is amongst other things during the day like painting my finger nails and seeing both girls giggle and laugh at dad’s expense. Seeing them smile during the day melts my heart. I love them a lot.”

David said his recent appointment as stand in skipper for a resting Steve Smith was among the highlights of his career, but being named Australia’s No.1 sports dad is something he will cherish. “Being named skipper is a massive honour for my family and I,” he said. “I never ever thought one day I would captain my country and I am still a bit shocked. It's real even though I’m standing in for my mate. I just love helping out.  

“But I will cherish every bit of this (sports dad) win. It will be a great story at barbecues for years to come. Hopefully I can pass some tips on to the children but I am sure they will be the best judge. Let's ask them in 20 years on how I am doing!” David has generously doubled the prize money from his win and will now donate $10,000 to Make-A-Wish Australia. “I have been on board now for more than a year and Make-A-Wish gives very sick children and teenagers hope for the future, strength to face the challenges of their illness, and joy from their incredible wish experience. “Each wish is approximately $10,000 for the entire process to make a wish come true. “I am greatly humbled and honoured to win this award and be able to help out my charity. Finally, I’d like to thank Philips, Channel 9 and News Limited for getting behind such a wonderful award. I wish all dads have a Happy Father's Day.”

Winners archive;

2015 Winner

2015 Finalists

  1. Brad Haddin, Cricket
  2. Lleyton Hewitt, Tennis
  3. Stephen Moore, Rugby
  4. Johnathan Thurston, NRL
  5. Mark Knowles, Hockey
  6. Greg Inglis, NRL
  7. James Courtney, V8 Supercars
  8. Trent Cotchin, AFL
  9. David Klemmer, NRL
  10. Mile Jedinak, Soccer

2014 Winner

2014 Finalists

  1. Anthony Minichiello, NRL
  2. Ryan Hoffman, NRL
  3. Jamie Dwyer, Hockey 
  4. Shane Watson, Cricket
  5. Matt Ballin, NRL
  6. Shannon Eckstein, Ironman
  7. Luke Hodge, AFL
  8. Alex Brosque, Soccer
  9. Mark Minichiello, NRL
  10. Brett Harvey, AFL

2013 Winner

  • Jude Bolton, AFL - donated $5,000 to Redkite

2013 Finalists

  1. Joel Parkinson, Surfing
  2. Daniel Geale, Boxing
  3. Jude Bolton, AFL
  4. Mark Schwarzer, Soccer
  5. Corey Parker, NRL
  6. Luke Nolan, Horse Racing
  7. Nick Maxwell, AFL
  8. Brett Morris, NRL
  9. Corey Enright, AFL
  10. Danny Buderus, NRL

2012 Winner

2012 Finalists

  1. Darren Jolly, AFL
  2. Cameron Smith, NRL
  3. John Sutton, NRL
  4. Brett Emerton, Soccer
  5. Michael Ennis, NRL
  6. Nathan Hindmarsh, NRL
  7. Drew Petrie, AFL
  8. Stuart O'Grady, Cycling
  9. Jonathan Brown, AFL
  10. Mark Winterbottom, V8 Supercars

2011 Winner

2011 Finalists
  1. Paul Gallen, NRL
  2. Lleyton Hewitt, Tennis
  3. Dean Young, NRL
  4. Mark Gerrard, Rugby
  5. Nick Maxwell, AFL
  6. Michael Klim, Swimming
  7. Ryan O'Keefe, AFL
  8. Jason Culina, Soccer
  9. Ben Hannant, NRL
  10. Sam Mitchell, AFL

2010 Winner

  • Brett Kirk, AFL - donated $10,000 to Redkite

2010 Finalists

  1. Nathan Hindmarsh, NRL
  2. James Courtney, V8 Supercar
  3. Cameron Smith, NRL
  4. Sam Mitchell, AFL
  5. Robbie McEwen, Cycling
  6. John Aloisi, Soccer
  7. Nicky Carle, Soccer
  8. Nathan Sharpe, Rugby
  9. Sam Perrett, NRL
  10. Brett Kirk, AFL

2009 Winner

2009 Finalists

  1. Brett Kimmorly, NRL
  2. Steve Corica, Soccer
  3. Adam Cooney, AFL
  4. Archie Thompson, Soccer
  5. Matthew Lloyd, AFL
  6. Wendell Sailor, NRL
  7. Peter Luczak, Tennis
  8. Michael O'Loughlin, AFL
  9. Sam Perrett, NRL
  10. Steve Price, NRL
  11. Tonie Carroll, NRL
  12. John Skandalis, NRL

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