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Vote Dale for Sports Dad of the Year

Co-cap Dale Finucane is among 10 elite Australian athletes vying for the Sports Dad of the Year award to 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.  

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.

The winning Philips Sports Dad of the Year will receive $5,000 to donate to their charity of choice.

We asked Dale what it’s like being a dad to Freddy (1).

"I really enjoy it. Freddy is a cheeky little boy and loves to do the opposite of what we ask but we love him to death," Dale said.

"He loves to be sung to at night to help him sleep and he’s quick to tell you if he doesn’t like the song you are singing and to change it!

"He’s always loved the water, so he looks forward to baths and showers with his favourite trucks."

His wife Maddie said Dale has had to spend a fair amount of time away from Freddy but he makes up for it when he's home.

"Dale does bath time every night with Freddy and the majority of the time if Dale is around he will do the nappy change," Maddie said.

"When Freddy is sick Dale is the best at soothing him. He just has a knack for being able to nurse him so he is comfortable enough to get back to sleep.

"I think he has mastered the combination of the humming, rocking and patting that I haven’t yet."

Vote now for Dale.