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Vote Michael for Sports Dad of the Year!

Parramatta Eels centre Michael Jennings is among the Top 10 elite Australian athletes vying for the Sports Dad of the Year award to be announced on Father's Day on Sunday, September 6, 2020.

Now in its 12th year, 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 which will include questions and answers from the players about their families, as well as some comments from the athletes' family.

Last years winner was Benji Marshall who donated his winnings to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

All voters have the opportunity to win special prizes for their own father this Father's Day, including the Philips Shaver6000, with the winning Philips Sports Dad of the Year receiving $5,000 to donate to their charity of choice and Michael’s is the Childrens Hospital at Westmead.

When asked about his family duties with Carter, who’s almost 2 years old, Michael said, “We have breakfast then go to the park for a run around. When we get home it’s nap time, around 11am, lunch when he wakes up then back to the park or outside for a play."

"Dinner is usually at 5pm followed by a bath, a few bedtime stories and on a good day it’s bed around 8pm. I remember my first nappy changed, that was a memorable moment, he weed straight in my face!”

His partner Kristin went onto say Carter is Michael’s whole life and number one priority.

"He very patient and hands on, he is definitely the favourite parent.”

This year’s other finalists include South Sydney captain Adam Reynolds, Sydney Roosters’ star centre Josh Morris and Penrith Panthers hard man James Tamou. They will be joined by Richmond AFL captain Trent Cotchin, Geelong’s goal scoring freak Tom Hawkins and the Lions’ veteran mid fielder Mitch Robinson. Supercar favourite Fabian Coulthard makes his first appearance, along with Boomers and Cleveland Cavaliers NBA star Matthew Dellavedova with Wallaby scrum half Nic White rounding out another strong field.

Vote now for Michael at

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

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