With awards season underway, some of the world’s best surfers are up for a few prestigious titles. Joel Parkinson is nominated for Sports Dad of the Year, Steph Gilmore is up for the Service to the Sport award, and Sally Fitzgibbons and Tyler Wright are both contending for Sportswoman of the Year.
The champ, Joel Parkinson, said, “My family is awesome…You always want to do the best for your kids. Every father in the world does. But for me, my kids are a beautiful distraction. When I was surfing for the ASP World Title last year at Pipeline we had Mahli in Hawaii with us, and you’d come in from the gnarliest sudden death heat and he’d be there wanting to play with his skateboard and you’d drop everything and just play with him! It was perfect. It stopped me dwelling too much on the contest and just gave perfect perspective on what I was doing and why I was doing it.”
Vote for Joel Parkinson for Sports Dad of the Year here.
Vote for the ladies here.