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QUEENSLAND Maroons representatives Johnathan Thurston and Greg Inglis both play pivotal roles in helping their teams to success on the field, but they are also being recognised for another – more important – role off the field; being a good father.

They are joined by fellow NRL player David Klemmer among the top 10 elite Australian athletes vying for the Sports Dad of the Year Award to be announced for Father's Day on Sunday, September 6.

The award showcases the contribution Australia's sporting elite make to their families both on and off the field.

Now in its seventh year, the Philips Sports Dad of the Year will highlight 10 elite athletes across a broad range of sports, giving insights into how they juggle fatherhood with their sporting commitments. Last year's winner was Sydney Roosters retired legend Anthony Minichiello.

This year's nominated Sports Dads have been profiled on which includes questions and answers from the players about their families, as well as comments from the athletes' partners and children as well as family photos.

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.

Leading the charge this year are NRL superstars Johnathan Thurston, Greg Inglis and David Klemmer, Richmond Tigers AFL captain Trent Cotchin, Socceroos captain and enforcer Mile Jedinak, two-time Grand Slam winner and Aussie Davis Cup hero Lleyton Hewitt, Wallabies captain Stephen Moore, V8 Supercar star James Courtney, Test cricket star Brad Haddin and captain of the all-conquering Kookaburras Mark Knowles.

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Voting closes on Tuesday, September 1, and the Philips Sports Dad of the Year winner will be announced on Father's Day, Sunday, September 6.

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