Partner’s name: Barbara
Children’s names: Jada 11, Jasper 9 & Matilda 7
Charity: Ovarian Cancer Australia and Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia 

What can you say about Cameron Smith that hasn’t already been said? A future rugby league Immortal in waiting, Cameron became the first player in the history of the NRL to play 400 top grade games earlier this year. The Melbourne Storm skipper also etched his name further into history, becoming the highest point scorer in NRL history earlier this season. Now retired from representative duties where he captained the record breaking Queensland Origin team and Kangaroos, Cameron is now concentrating on delivering the Storm another premiership. Club football also allows him to spend more time with his family. “On game day I’ll always try to spend the morning with the kids before having a rest in the afternoon,” Cameron said. “We do normal things – school drops-offs, go for a walk and have breakfast together. The kids also love bike riding, so when we get the chance we get the bikes out and go for a big ride around Melbourne.” His wife Barbara went onto say “Cam is a very hands-on Dad and makes sure he is present at all the kids sporting and school events”. 

Do you find it hard spending time away from the kids during the season? It’s more difficult now the kids are older and involved in junior sports and various school activities that I miss out on. - Cameron

It looks like the kids take an active interest in your career such as running the kicking tee on field. Do you enjoy them being out there with you? Absolutely! I’m very fortunate to be able to share some special moments in my career with my children on the field with me. - Cameron

Have the kids ever asked you to attend their school/s for news or other activities? Quite often actually. If my training schedule allows I try to be at as many school activities as I can. - Cameron

Are you involved in the kids sporting activities & what sports do they enjoy playing? Jada plays netball, Jasper plays AFL and Matilda is playing basketball. Again, depending on my training schedule, I try to be at as many of these games as I can to cheer them on. - Cameron

Favourite family holiday? At the end 2018 we spent five weeks on the East Coast of the USA. It was a very memorable trip and we enjoyed some amazing experiences in that time. - Cameron

What’s the best thing about being a dad? Watching my kids smile and laugh and seeing them grow into respectful, kind young people. - Cameron

What makes your dad so great?
Dad always tells me he loves me and comes to all my school events when he can. - Jada
He plays footy with me and helps me with my homework. - Jasper
He is fun and always plays outside on the trampoline with us. - Matilda

Do you enjoying watching dad play footy?
Yes I love watching dad. - Jada
Yes I love watching, especially when we are allowed to be ball kids! - Jasper
Yes I do love watching every game - Matilda

Who’s your favourite footy player?
My dad - Jada
Josh Addo Carr and my dad - Jasper

 

Sports Dad of the Year 2019
 
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