Our very own Andrew Redmayne is among ten elite Australian athletes vying for the Philips Sports Dad of the Year award, to be announced on Father’s Day on Sunday, September 5.
The Sports Dad of the Year will highlight 10 elite athletes across a range of sports, giving insights into how they juggle fatherhood with their sporting commitments.
All voters have the opportunity to win special prizes for their own father this Father’s Day, with the winning Philips Sports Dad of the Year receiving $5,000 to donate to their charity of choice.
We asked Andrew how hard it is to be away from family during his football commitments “The last season was tough” he said “The national team and Sydney FC’s participation in the Asian Champions League meant I spent around three months on the road plus away trips for the A-League. It’s extremely challenging. Poppy is our first child, so missing three months of her first year meant I’ve had to watch her grow and develop over Facetime. I think that came out subconsciously in my celebration after saving the penalty at the World Cup qualifier – Poppy loves that face when I pull it. As she’s grown, her interest in Facetime has withered, so it’s the one face that makes her smile and gets her attention again!”
Partner Caitlin shared some insight into what Andrew enjoys about being a dad.
“Without sounding cliche,” she said, “EVERYTHING! He enjoys cooking, bathtime, changing nappies, bedtime, getting up overnight, to letting me sleep in. We are a great team. He is a great cook, so I think he enjoys watching Poppy enjoy his food. I also think he really enjoys taking Poppy to the park and playing outside with her.”
This years other finalists are NRL stars Daley Cherry-Evans, Damien Cook and James Tamou, AFL champion Scott Pendlebury, Wallaby scrum half Nic White, Test cricket superstar Usman Khawaja, Wimbledon doubles champion and Davis Cup star Matt Ebden, Australian Boomers skipper Mitch McCarron and three-time Golden Slipper winning jockey Tommy Berry.
Vote now for Redders at sportsdads.com.au
Voting closes on Tuesday, August 30, and the Sports Dad of the Year winner will be announced on Father’s Day.