More often than not, dads find themselves the hero figure to their children. My dad is definitely one of mine, a sporting enthusiast who loves all manner of sports, even though he can’t get his head around hockey and why we can’t just “smash it in from anywhere”. Don’t worry dad, I still love you.
Hockey is bursting with family links, and many have the honour to say they play for the same club as their dads, or maybe against them, if they’re extra daring, at a rival club.
Australia have a competition to outline some of the best sports dads in the country, and hockey extraordinaire, Jamie Dwyer, has been shortlisted in the final 10 to get the chance to be crowned Dad of the Year at sportsdads.com.au. Jamie is up against dads who play national rugby league, Australian football, football (soccer), cricket and even an ironman.
The winner of the competition will receive $5,000 donated by Philips to give to the charity of their choice.
When not on the astro or working on his epic new hockey brand JDH, Jamie is a doting dad to sons Julian (5) and Taj (3).
Jamie Dwyer was asked how his children inspires him, and he responds stating that they have a “huge influence” on him and goes on to explain:
“They are at the age that they understand what I’m doing now and they are proud of me. My eldest son loves the Kookaburras and he knows everyone’s name and their Australian number! My youngest son doesn’t understand why we lose sometimes. He thinks we should never lose! I have to explain to him that the other teams are also pretty good.”
To read the full interview and see more photos of Jamie and family, click here.
If you’re in Australia, you can vote for Jamie by clicking here.