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Sporting dad Daly on juggling fatherhood and footy

Queensland Maroons captain Daly Cherry-Evans is among 10 elite Australian athletes vying for the Sports Dad of the Year award which will be announced on Father's Day on Sunday, September 5. 

Now in its 13th year, the award showcases the contribution Australia's sporting elite make to their families - both on and off the field. 

Last year's winner was South Sydney Rabbitohs captain Adam Reynolds, who donated his winnings to Save our Sons, the organisation fighting every day for a cure to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

The Sports Dad of the Year highlights 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 are profiled on, which includes questions and answers from the players about their families, as well as some comments from their families.

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 for Cherry-Evans, the choice is Gotcha4Life, an Australian mental fitness charity.

Cherry-Evans spoke about what it was like being a dad to three daughters - Navi, 8, Harvie, 6 and Tully, 3.  

“Being a dad is tough... and I’m told it will only get tougher once they hit their teenage years," Cherry-Evans said. 

“But probably the thing I love most is trying to understand what makes my kids happy.

"Guiding them and supporting them to give them every opportunity to live a happy life.” 

Partner Vessa shared some insight into some things fans might not know about the Maroons skipper.

“He is the best cook," Vessa said.

"The girls are always concerned what we will eat when he leaves for camp.

"He is very hands on with all aspects of parenting, even the nappy changing."

Daly Cherry-Evans leads out the Queensland Maroons. Photo: NRL Images
Daly Cherry-Evans leads out the Queensland Maroons. Photo: NRL Images

This year's other finalists for the award are fellow NRL stars Dale Finucane, Aaron Woods and Thomas Burgess.

Flying the flag for the AFL this year is Melbourne star forward Ben Brown and Brisbane Lions’ Mitch Robinson, while Wallabies flyer and former Melbourne Storm gun Marika Koroibete will hope to get plenty of votes from the rugby faithful.

From the popular Supercars circuit, Dave Reynolds will be looking to add this year’s title as Sports Dad of the Year to his Bathurst triumph.

And last but not least, rounding out this year’s contenders is Tokyo Olympic gold medallist and BMX wizard Logan Martin and Australian hockey star and Tokyo silver medallist Jake Whetton.

Vote now for Daly at

Voting closes on Tuesday, August 31, and the Sports Dad of the Year winner will be announced on Father's Day.

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