Partner’s name: Emma
Children’s names: Chance (6) & Charli (4)

One of the toughest competitors in the AFL, Mitch Robinson is a key member of the Brisbane Lions team experiencing one of its best seasons since the halcyon days of the early 2000’s. Known simply as Robbo, Mitch has been on the Lions’ roster since 2014, moving his family north after being drafted into big time football by Carlton in 2008. Mitch is getting better with age, having picked up the Players’ Player award at the Lions last year and the club’s Player of the Year. He has played more than 200 AFL matches, each with his trademark ferocious play. But off the field, he isn’t anywhere near as fierce. Just a doting dad. “My role is just to be there for them,” Mitch says. “When I can, I love to do school drop offs and pickups. We go for walks to the shops a lot to get some treats. I love to help with the homework and try and drain as much energy out of the kids as possible.” His partner Emma went onto say “Being a footballer, Mitch puts a lot of energy and effort into his craft, but the best thing is when Mitch can switch off from his work and still have the energy and enthusiasm to be that crazy playful dad is the best trait.”

How have you found this season, with Covid, and how has it effected the family. Are you spending more time at home or away? Definitely spending more time at home, we are home isolated in QLD so being able to pick and drop my kids at school is definitely a plus! I’ve been able to do more with the kids on days off because we are limited to what we can do. - Mitch

On game days, do you like to relax with them or do you try to keep away from the family? Game day I like to spend the morning with Chance, we go for a walk to the coffee shop and then I stretch my legs at the park while he runs some energy out! Then it’s daddy time to focus on the game, this is where Emma is doing her great work keeping the kids occupied and busy. - Mitch

What are your most memorable moments with the kids? Some of my favourite moments with the kids is when I am in pre-season and they come down to training and cheer me on with my running and workouts. It actually helps me remember why I do everything. Another moment was when my son chance got his first award at school. He stood up in assembly and was so happy just smiling and looking at me. I will always remember that! Charli, my daughter was so nervous when she went to school the first time. She wouldn’t leave my side and cry every time we left, but when she got used to it, she forgot about us and loves going in. There’s other things too like the first tooth, bike ride, skateboard. It’s different moments I love. - Mitch

How much has your life changed since they were born? A lot of parents say this, but I genuinely don’t know where I would be if it wasn’t for the birth of my first child. It put life into perspective and really gave me motivation to turn a lot of things around. - Mitch

What sports or activities do the kids enjoy and are you involved at all? Chance loves to do everything I do, play video games, basketball out the back, bounce on the trampoline and play with his guinea pigs! Charli likes to do lots of paintings, mainly of the family, unicorns and rainbows. She can do anything her big brother can, so always gets involved. - Mitch

What’s your favourite family holiday or getaway? We did an amazing Winnebago trip to Cairns. It really tested mum and dad’s patience but it was the best time spent with the family by far. We stopped at a lot of great places along the way and have memories that’ll last forever! - Mitch

What’s the best thing about being a dad? Watching my kids grow! You get Facebook memories pop up that really hit home! My son is my twin, so seeing him grow in so many ways is the best feeling in the world. They have completely different personalities, Charli is cheeky and sweet, Chance is crazy and so caring. They give me a reason to get up every day, get my work done and I can switch off from my job soon as I get in the front door when I get to see them - Mitch

What makes him such a great father? The way Mitch would do absolutely anything for his kids and family, he may be this tough, rough footballer but off the field he is genuine and caring, hard worker, he can get grumpy but the kids always know how to cheer him up! - Emma

What makes your dad amazing? Dad plays football for the Brisbane Lions. I want to play football and Fortnite just like dad! - Chance

Do you like watching dad play footy? We go dad’s work and see dad on TV! - Charlie

 

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