Australia – This Father’s Day, Philips will showcase the contribution Australia’s sporting elite make to their families both on and off the sporting 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 recognize sporting fathers who are making positive impressions in the community.
In its third 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, the now retired Sydney Swans captain Brett Kirk raised the flag for the AFL when he was adjudged the winner, he beat a field that included NRL legends Nathan Hindmarsh and Cameron Smith, cycling superstar and Tour de France champion Robbie McEwen, V8 Supercar series winner James Courtney and the man who kicked the Socceroos to their first World Cup in 32 years, John Aloisi.
This year’s nominated Sports Dad’s will be profiled on a dedicated website www.sportsdads.com.au 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 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 $5000 to donate to their charity of choice.
This year’s competition has some of the biggest names in Australian sport, including two time grand slam tennis champion Lleyton Hewitt, and Olympian and world champion swimmer Michael Klim. The NRL representatives trying to emulate the awards inaugural winner John Skandalis’ include NSW State of Origin skipper Paul Gallen, Dragons Grand Final hero Dean Young and Queensland Origin prop Ben Hannant. Representing the AFL’s hopes in the competition following Kirk’s win last year is Hawthorn premiership winning captain Sam Mitchell, Collingwood premiership winning skipper Nick Maxwell and Sydney Swans sharpshooter Ryan O’Keefe. Representing the round ball code is Socceroos World Cup star Jason Culina, while Wallabies excitement machine Mark Gerrard will carry rugby union’s hopes.
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 Beard Trimmer Pro, Body Groom Pro, Everyday Hair Clipper and the SensoTouch3D series shaver - the ultimate shaving experience.
Voting starts now at www.sportsdads.com.au and concludes on August 30th.