Vote for Danny Buderus
Tuesday 20 August 2013 8:53 AM
Newcastle Knights legend Danny Buderus is one of ten nominees in the Philips Sports Dad of the Year.
| Vote now for Danny at sportsdads.com.au. Voting ends on Tuesday August 27, and the winner will be announced on Father’s Day, Sunday September 1 |
In its fifth year, the Sports Dad of the Year highlights 10 elite athletes across a broad range of sporting fields, giving insights into how they juggle fatherhood with their sporting commitments.
Buderus is up against the likes of Joel Parkinson, Mark Schwarzer and Daniel Geale to name a few, for this year's title.
All you have to do is go online and vote, and in 25 words or less let us know why you think your chosen sports dad should be crowned the 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.
Danny Buderus' Sports Dad Profile
Partner’s name: Kris
Children’s names: Ella (6), Lachlan (2) & Jack (8 months)
Charity of choice: Ronald McDonald House
Danny Buderus has been the heart and soul of the Newcastle Knights football club for more than a decade, and is regarded as one of the most inspirational and certainly most respected players in the history of rugby league.
And with his 16 season career winding down, Buderus already has his sights on a career post football. But not before spending a lot more time with his three children. “My kids are an inspiration daily,” Buderus said, on the people who inspire him.
”You want to be the best you can at being a dad and providing for them. You can't let them down so you work as hard as you can in your career to make sure that doesn't happen.
“Without doubt, one of the most memorable moments of my life was probably when we had our third child Jack, and Ella and Lachlan stormed into the hospital to see their new baby brother … watching them with him having cuddles was very special.”
Kris says: “Danny has so many strengths when it comes to being a great father. He manages to balance a hectic work life with as much quality time with the kids as possible. He leads by example and challenges and encourages them to be the best they can be, but without forgetting they are just kids. He makes sacrifices constantly to attend to his 'fatherly duties’ as we have no family here in Newcastle and the pressure is always on, but he never complains."
How hard is it spending so much time away from the kids during the season?
Danny: The only good thing about being injured this year has been that I haven't been away from the kids for days at a time. With no family around where we live, and the kids being at an age where they are keen to hang with their dad, it gets really hard to walk out the door.
Do they take an active interest in your career?
Danny: Ella is pretty blase about the whole career thing. She doesn't want me to come home with blood on me as she freaks out, that's all she worries about! My son Lachie is crazy about footy. I bring him to training a fair bit and his favourite is Jarrod Mullen. He actually calls his footy a 'Mullo ball'! Lachie also has memorised the team poster and rattles off all the names, which is pretty funny and amazing at the same time.
On game day, do you like to relax with the kids or do they understand to keep away from you?
Danny: The old game day preparation went out the window a long time ago! We always go for a coffee and swim at Merewether Baths and I could never walk out the door with out my little mate Lachie joining the boys too. Sometimes for night games I am bathing and feeding them before I put the footy boots in the bag and go. The afternoon naps on game day are a thing of the past!
Favourite family holiday?
Danny: The kids have travelled a fair bit from when we lived in the UK so they are good travellers and have seen a bit of Europe. We always made sure we stopped in Dubai to get some sun and get amongst the outstanding water parks. The Atlantis was a great family holiday and hard to beat, depending on what you’re after.
How hard is it when he has to be away from home?
Kris: I think it’s got harder with each child! As long as we keep busy and the kids are entertained then time goes quick at least. As they grow up and become more aware, it becomes tougher as they miss Danny a lot. Whenever the sports bag is packed my son runs and grabs his own suitcase and packs clothes to go and sits it at the front door alongside Danny's! There’s always tears….
What makes your dad so great?
Ella: Dad is great because he's so funny. Also, because we do so much fun stuff together, like going to the park and the beach. I love reading books with Dad at bedtime too. He's the best.
Vote now for Danny at sportsdads.com.au. Voting ends on Tuesday August 27, and the winner will be announced on Father’s Day, Sunday September 1.
It has been a big few weeks for Buderus, who recently become the Club's most capped player. Here he takes you behind the scenes of the memorable occasion.