Our very own Josh Morris 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.
Now in its 12th year, the award showcases the contribution Australia's sporting elite make to their families both on and off the field. Last years winner was Benji Marshall who donated his winnings to Ronald McDonald House Charities.
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 sportsdads.com.au which will include questions and answers from the players about their families, as well as some comments from the athletes' family.
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 $5,000 to donate to their charity of choice and Josh’s charity is the Salvation Army, “They helped my mum after our house burnt down and without their help we would have struggled.”
We asked Josh how much has his life changed since the kids Cali (2 years) and Jesse (6 months) were born, “It’s changed massively but for the better.
It certainly helps my footy as when I'm away from training my focus is my family and am able to switch off. It's helped me being more flexible and go with flow rather than planning and I've really enjoyed being a father.”
His wife Elise went onto say “Josh has always been a really hands on dad. So much so that my dad and brother-in-law always jokingly comment on how he makes them look bad! He's also super affectionate so I know my kids always feel so loved and adored.”
This year’s other finalists are South Sydney captain Adam Reynolds, Parramatta Eels’ flyer Michael Jennings 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 Josh at sportsdads.com.au
Voting closes on Tuesday, September 1, and the Sports Dad of the Year winner will be announced on Father's Day.