Nominations sought for Philips Community Sports Dad of the Year

WELL PLAYED: Bill Soliola celebrates his win last year with his family. Nominations for this year's award close on Sunday, August 18. Picture: Supplied

WELL PLAYED: Bill Soliola celebrates his win last year with his family. Nominations for this year's award close on Sunday, August 18. Picture: Supplied

DO you know a local dad who, through his coaching of a local junior team, his volunteer work for a club, or his exploits on the field is an inspiration to his community?

Then the organisers of a national competition want to hear about it.

Nominations are now open for the Philips Community Sports Dad of the Year.

"Each Father's Day we celebrate sporting fathers in Australia, professional and amateur, who are great examples on and off the sporting field," a spokesperson for the awards said.

"Now is your chance to highlight a father who's an inspiration to your local sports club and community."

The Community Sports Dad of the Year winner will receive a $5,000 Rebel Sports voucher to donate to his sporting club of choice for some new gear or sporting equipment.

Last year's winner was father of eight, Bill Soliola, the under 8s coach, first-aider, photographer, fundraiser, manager, committee member and the regular go-to man for the Berala Bears Junior Rugby League Football Club.

"The award was for everyone," Mr Soliola said.

"What motivates me are all the families. Volunteering to me is about giving and not expecting anything back. Making life easier for others and putting smiles on children's faces."

To get involved, go to sportsdads.com.au/community and explain in 100 words or fewer why your chosen sports dad should be crowned the Community Sports Dad of the Year.

Nominations close on Sunday, August 18, and the winner will be announced before Father's Day, Sunday September 1.

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