Queensland Maroons representative Corey Parker plays a pivotal role in helping his teams to succeed on the field, but now he is also being recognised for another – more important – role off the field; being a good father.
Parker, who is retiring for the game at the end of the season, is 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 4.
The award showcases the contribution Australia's sporting elite make to their families both on and off the field.
Now in its eighth 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 our own Maroons star Johnathan Thurston.
This year's nominated Sports Dads are being profiled on sportsdads.com.au and 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 $5000 to donate to their charity of choice and Corey’s is hearandsay.com.au
Joining Parker as a nominee this year is fellow NRL James Maloney, while AFL are represented by Sydney Swans co-captain Jarrad McVeigh, retiring Fremantle star Matthew Pavlich and also Brent Harvey who recently notched up the most games in AFL history. Other athletes include four-time Olympian Jamie Dwyer, one of the most feared batsman in the world David Warner, Tour de France stage winner Simon Gerrans, Supercar star Garth Tander and Australian soccer superstar Tim Cahill.
Vote now for Corey at sportsdads.com.au
Voting closes on Tuesday, August 30, and the Philips Sports Dad of the Year winner will be announced on Father's Day, Sunday, September 4.