SPORT DAD: Paul Hanigan with some of the junior Bluedogs at the Bangalow field.
SPORT DAD: Paul Hanigan with some of the junior Bluedogs at the Bangalow field. Christian Morrow

He’s top ’Dog and a top dad

WHEN Bangalow Bluedogs Football Club president Paul Hanigan put the nomination form for the 2013 Philips Community Sports Dad of the Year Award up on the club website, he didn't expect that he would be the one nominated.

Philips is running the award to recognise fathers in local communities who have been making a positive impact through their involvement in local sport.

Tom Paltridge from Philips, said Mr Hanigan worked tirelessly and wholeheartedly to foster continuity, confidence and pride within the club, as well as nurturing talent and mentoring players from junior to senior level.

Mr Hanigan has been club president for the past three years and still plays Premiere Reserve grade for the club.

They are a classic footballing family, with Mr Hanigan's wife Sherese and his daughters Logan and Brydie playing for the Bluedogs as well.

He was groundsman for 13 years and has been coaching the women's team for the last eight years.

"I'm 41 now and have been playing with the club since I was five years old," said Mr Hanigan.

"One of my favourite jobs is manning the weekend sausage sizzle at the Bluedogs' home ground."

At end of the regular home-and-away season, the Premiere Division women's team that Mr Hanigan coached finished as minor premieres, winning all 16 games.

"The girls scored an incredible 115 goals and have only conceded six against," he said. .

"After the heartbreaking loss to Alstonville in the pre-season shield, the girls have banded together and from that moment on they have been unstoppable."

The winner will be announced on September 1 on the Philips Sports Dad of the Year official website.


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