Community Sports Dad of the Year

Updated: August 6, 2018

Each Father’s Day we celebrate sporting fathers in Australia, professional and amateur, who are great examples on and off the sporting field.

Now you can recognise a local sports dad in your community for the chance to be crowned the Philips Community Sports Dad of the Year.

Whether it’s a dad that coaches his local junior team, helps the local sports club with funding or support, or simply plays competitive sport on the weekend, now is the chance to highlight a father who’s an inspiration to your local sports club and community.

The Community Sports Dad of the Year winner will be provided with a $5,000 Rebel Sports voucher to donate to his sporting club of choice for some new gear or sporting equipment.

Back in 2015 our very own country dad Jason Greenhalgh won the award, Jason is President and coach the Bloomfield JRLFC in Orange.

He recently reflected on his win and how the club is going from strength to strength with the participation rate growing by 50% to now include women’s teams.

“We’re still working on improvements to the club but feel we are are adequately providing good resources for players and coaches,” Jason said.

He then sounded out the many dads out there that work tirelessly so their Community sport can thrive “There are so many dads out there that do just as much as me and more and receive little or no recognition.”

The public can help their nominated community sports dad join some of the biggest names in Australian sport who have been crowned the celebrity Philips Sports Dad of the Year.

Previous finalists in have included Socceroo legend Tim Cahill; former world surfing champ Joel Parkinson; AFL star Luke Hodge; NRL champions James Maloney and Johnathan Thurston; two-time Grand Slam tennis champion Lleyton Hewitt; Supercar championship winner Mark Winterbottom and recently retired captain of the all-conquering Kookaburras and recent Commonwealth Games flag bearer Mark Knowles.

To nominate a Country Rugby League dad simply go to and explain in 100 words or less why they think their chosen sports dad should be crowned the Community Sports Dad of the Year.

Nominations are now open, so don’t forget to log on to Nominations and entries end on Sunday August 19, and the winner will be announced before Father’s Day, Sunday September 2.  See the website for full terms and conditions.