Our very own captain Andrew Redmayne is among 10 elite Australian athletes vying for the Sports Dad of the Year award to be announced on Father’s Day on Sunday, September 3.
The award showcases the contribution Australia’s sporting elite make to their families both on and off the field.
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.
This year’s nominated Sports Dads will be profiled on sportsdads.com.au which will include questions and answers from the players about their families, as well as some comments from the athletes’ family.
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 and Andrew’s is the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation.
Now a father of two with Poppy (2) and baby Banjo we asked Andrew how he felt after Banjo’s birth this month . “I feel over the moon to welcome little Banjo into the world! And then seeing how Poppy lit up on first meeting of Banjo was all time!”
Now with the season fast approaching we asked Andrew if the kids will be coming to the games.
“Yes Poppy loves coming to my games and saying ‘Go the boys’. She knows ‘Dadda catch a ball and kick a ball’. I do love how she runs to me up in the tunnel after matches!”
His wife Caitlin shared some insights into Andrew that we may not know about him. “He is petrified of heights, he can make a mean macaroon and he sleeps with a million layers on” she said with a smile.
This years other finalists for the award include fellow football star Craig Goodwin who will be looking to add this year’s title as Sports Dad of the Year to his Johnny Warren Medal, NRL and Origin stars Daly Cherry-Evans and Clint Gutherson, flying the flag for the AFL this year is Melbourne premiership winning captain Max Gawn and Collingwood legend Scott Pendlebury, while Wallabies flyer Marika Koroibete will hope to get plenty of votes from the rugby faithful leading into this years World Cup. Last years’ Wimbledon doubles champion Matt Ebden is the next ace on our list. And last but not least, rounding out this year’s contenders is one of Australian’s finest cyclists for the past 20 years Rohan Dennis and test cricket royalty Usman Khawaja.
You can now Vote for Redders at sportsdads.com.au
Voting closes on Tuesday, August 29, and the Sports Dad of the Year winner will be announced on Father’s Day.