Emerton up for Sports Father of the Year

Brett Emerton has been nominated for the Philips Sports Dad of the Year award.

Brett Emerton has been recognised for his family values and has been nominated as a candidate for the 2012 Philips Sports Dad of the Year award.

The Philips Sports Dad of the Year award highlights 10 elite athletes across a broad range of sports, giving insights into how they juggle fatherhood with their sporting commitments.

Emerton, who joined Sydney FC last season, made no secret of the fact that family and the desire for his children to grow up in Sydney was one of the reasons he chose to join the Sky Blues when he could have stayed in the English Premier League.

The 32-year-old returned to Sydney with wife Sarah and sons Zach, 5, and Harvey, 2, choosing to put down roots close to his parents and siblings, who have always been amongst his greatest supporters.

You can vote for Emerton by clicking here.

This year's competition has again attracted some of the biggest names in Australian sport, all competing for the title of the best Sports Dad in Australia.

Darren Jolly (AFL), Jonathan Brown (AFL), Drew Petrie (AFL), Cameron Smith (NRL), Nathan Hindmarsh (NRL), Michael Ennis (NRL), John Sutton (NRL), Mark Winterbottom (V8 Supercars) and Stuart O'Grady (cycling) have also been nominated.

To vote you must click on the above link, and in 25 words or less let us know why you think your chosen sports dad should be crowned the Philips Sports Dad of the Year. The sporting dad who gets the most votes will win $5000 to donate to his charity of choice and thanks to Philips you could win the Philips Ultimate Father-s Day Grooming Pack valued at more than $5000.

Voting is now open and ends on Tuesday, August 28, with the winner to be announced on Father-s Day, Sunday, September 2.