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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 elite make to their families both on and off the field with the Philips Sports Dad of the Year Award. As the leading brand for male shaving and grooming products – which are popular Father's Day gifts – Philips is proud to recognise celebrity sporting fathers who are making positive impressions in the community.

In its eighth year, the Philips Sports Dad of the Year will highlight 10 elite athletes across a broad range of sporting fields, giving insights into how they juggle fatherhood with their sporting commitments. Last year's winner was NRL superstar Johnathan Thurston.

Thurston beat a hot field that included NRL fellow stars Greg Inglis and David Klemmer, Richmond Tigers AFL captain Trent Cotchin, Socceroos captain and enforcer Mile Jedinak, two time Grand Slam winner and Aussie Davis Cup hero Lleyton Hewitt, Wallaby captain Stephen Moore, previous V8 Supercar championship winner James Courtney, Test cricket star Brad Haddin and captain of the all-conquering Kookaburras Mark Knowles. 

This year's nominated Sports Dad's will be profiled on a dedicated website which will include questions and answers from the players about their families, as well as comments from the athletes' partners and children. The website will also include some never before seen family photos.

All entrants have the opportunity to win special prizes for their own father this Father's Day and the winning Philips Sports Dad of the Year will win $5,000 to donate to their charity of choice.

This year's competition has again attracted some of the biggest names in Australian sport, all competing for the title of best Sports Dad in Australia. 

Leading the charge are Australian rugby league and Origin stars Corey Parker and James Maloney, AFL are represent by Sydney Swans co-captain Jarrad McVeigh, retiring Fremantle star Matthew Pavlich and also Brent Harvey who recently notched up the most games in AFL history, other athletes include four-time Olympian Jamie Dwyer, one of the most feared batsman in the world David Warner, Tour de France stage winner Simon Gerrans, Supercar star Garth Tander and the man who’s delivered so much for Australia, socceroo superstar Tim Cahill

Every person that enters and nominates their favourite Sports Dad has the opportunity to win a $5000 Philips Ultimate Father's Day Grooming Pack, there are five major prizes to be awarded in total, including the Styleshaver, Beardtrimmer, Hair Clipper, Multigroom, AquaTouch shaver and the 9000 series shaver - the ultimate shaving experience.

Winners archive;

2015 Winner

Press Release - Fathers Day, Sunday 6th September 2015

He has won everything there is to win in rugby league and now Queensland superstar Johnathan Thurston can add another title to his amazing list of achievements after being crowned the 2015 Philips Sports Dad of the Year. Father to two girls, Frankie and Charlie, the man known as JT beat a hot field of devoted sports dads to be crowned champion. Thurston claimed the title with an amazing 25 per cent of votes. "This is a great honour and I'd like to thank all the other contestants for giving up their valuable time to get involved," JT said. "You just have to look at everyone's profiles on the web page to see how great a father everyone else is. "We all make sacrifices to get where we are but our children and family are the inspiration behind whatever we achieve." JT is raging favourite to claim a record fourth Dally M Medal this year, eclipsing Immortal Andrew Johns' tally of three. The Maroons Origin superstar will also lead the Cowboys into finals battle from next week looking to claim the club's first premiership. 

Before all that he has a Father's Day to celebrate. And what does the man universally regarded as the world's best rugby league player do for Father's Day? "I will be spending the morning with the family having a barbecue with my dad and Samantha's dad before I fly to Sydney for media commitments to help promote the NRL finals," JT said. The win also enables JT to donate $5,000 to his charity of choice, The Mark Hughes Foundation. "I saw an interview Sterlo did about Mark Hughes and his family and how he's fighting brain cancer which really touched me," JT said. "Ever since then I've wanted to help and raise awareness of this disease and I'm really pleased winning this competition allows me to do that."

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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