NSW Origin stars James Maloney & David Klemmer are being recognised for another – more important – role off the field; being good dads. Both players’ are among a top 10 elite Australian athletes vying for the Philips Sports Dad of the Year award to be announced on Father's Day on Sunday, September 1.

The award showcases the contribution Australia's sporting elite make to their families both on and off the field. 

The Philips Sports Dad of the Year will highlight 10 elite athletes across a broad 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 comments from the athletes' families.

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.  James has selected Rural Aid and David has selected the Mark Hughes Foundation.

This year’s finalists are our NSW Origin stars James Maloney from the Panthers and the Knights’ David Klemmer, Tigers and Kiwi legend Benji Marshall, Souths’ stalwart and favourite John Sutton, Cowboys great Matt Scott and future Immortal in waiting Cameron Smith,. The NRL stars will be joined by AFL champions Jack Darling, a West Coast premiership winner and Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury. Boomers and Utah Jazz star Joe Ingles and Test cricketer Matthew Wade round out a strong field.

Vote now at sportsdads.com.au

Voting closes on Tuesday, August 27, and the Philips Sports Dad of the Year winner will be announced on Father's Day.