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TackleNappy Dad Of The Year Award 2012

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The TackleNappy Dad of the Year Award is something we have been discussing for some time. We really wanted to do this right because it's a topic that we're both passionate about. We understand we're a small voice in a sea of thousands. We know the award we've created won't make the 6 o'clock news or A Current Affair, and we know the winner isn't going to make the front of Time Magazine or drink champagne out of a diamond encrusted trophy. Really, this isn't a competition. What we're trying to do is raise awareness of the important role dads play in this whole parenting experience. We want to recognise one awesome Aussie dad in particular, but at the same time acknowledge all dads for their efforts. If we manage to get people to stop and think about the contribution their husband, son, son-in-law or their own father has made, then we will consider the TackleNappy Dad of the Year award a success.

Wow, did we have some unbelievable nominations. I kid you not, I had a tear in my eye at one stage reading through them (I was cutting onions at the time of course). Most nominations were submitted by partners (though we did have one from a mother-in-law), and these partners must read some soppy books because they put words together that really tugged at the heart strings...(ladies we know you've really been reading 'Fifty Shades...', you can't hide that from us). Our finalists are – drum roll please – in random order...

Bruce, Ralph, Andrew, Mason, Lee, Leith, Nathan, Stephen, Kevin & Tony

(Read more about our finalists here).

You may be wondering who will be judging this award in 2012? Well I can tell you it's not us. There is that little issue that we personally know a couple of the entrants, but more importantly, we wanted to gather a panel of people who have shown commitment to family and parenting in some way. Our judging panel of five includes business, support organisations and media, and of course, parents. Our judges are – drum roll please – random order of course...

Penny Johnston of ABC Baby Talk, Kerrie Gottliebsen of Tweddle Australia, Julie Taylor for TackleNappy, Katrina of Bambino Box Australia, Lana Hirschowitz of iVillage Australia and Elise Easdown of What's On 4 - Australia.

(Read more about our judges here)

Prizes – did I mention prizes? has generously provided a $50 gift voucher for our winner and a $25 gift voucher for first runner up. We will also put together a special TackleNappy prize pack for the winner... We're just wondering which RSL we should steal the Carlton Draught beer coasters from! And of course, the winner will always carry the title of being the inaugural TackleNappy Dad of the Year! Oh, there's also this stuff –

The winner will:

The first runner up will receive a $25 gift voucher from

We would like to wish our ten finalists a load of good luck but, to be honest, we know it's the judges that really need the luck – there's no way I would want the job of selecting a winner from this group of quality dads.

Chubba & Bucky

The winner will be announced on Father's Day 2012.

Last modified on Saturday, 01 September 2012 09:08

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