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Celebrating our Father Figures

Today, dads and father figures are active, on the go and emotionally connected. Always there when you need them, to hold you up when you need that extra support. They’re caring, involved, and live a purposeful life that balances family, work, friends, their health and fitness, and so much more.

This father’s day, we celebrate the lululemon Ambassador father figures in our collective, and all they do to keep our world turning (especially now!).

 

BEN EDUSEI

What does Father’s Day look like to you?

Getting up early to go for a run, stretching and being able to eat my breakfast without my son eating half of it! Taking my boy to his swimming lesson and going for a family walk in the afternoon. Nothing fancy, just spending quality time with the people who mean the world to me.

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What has being a dad taught you about yourself?

  • How fortunate I was to have an amazing father whose guidance helped me become the man I am today.
  • Asking for help is not a weakness but a strength.
  • Being the best version of myself is the greatest example I can be for my family.
  • There is nothing better than spending time with my family and just being present.
  • Making mistakes is okay and expected you so give yourself a break and learn to laugh at yourself.
  • Unconditional love is the best feeling ever.
  • Sacrificing for others is rewarding and fulfilling.
  • Free time is a gift so make the most of it.
  • I love going to bed early and having naps are the best thing ever.
  • Learning how to become more patient, forgiving and accepting can be challenging at times and that’s okay.
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CHRIS CANNON

What does Father’s Day look like to you?

To me, Father’s Day is a celebration of my family life. I used to fear that I may not have what it takes to become the father I wanted to be. Now I know, that being in the moment to enjoy days like this is all I had to be.

What has being a dad taught you about yourself?

Before fatherhood, much of my life was spent in anticipation of the future. Being a dad taught me to live in the moment and be more present. As a proud father, I want to share every step, smile and milestone with my daughter, thus being in the moment is more important than ever.

 

"Being a dad taught me to live in the moment and be more present."

 

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JIMMY TAYLOR

What does Father’s Day look like to you?

I have always seen it as looking up to, respecting and appreciating what my father has done for me. Now I have a little one it looks a little different. I feel a bit of pride and responsibility that this one needs me to be there for her and to do the best I can as a father.

What has being a dad taught you about yourself?

It has taught me the importance of family and responsibility. It has actually highlighted to me that life really is about family. Family and happiness.

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MONTY

What does Father’s Day look like to you?

A fun filled family day spending our time outdoors and being active. Dad also doesn't have to do any chores either, that's a given!

What has being a dad taught you about yourself?

It’s taught me to slow down and enjoy the little moments in life with my boys as these are the memories I will truly cherish. It also confirms how important it is to be a role model, great father and to support them in whatever they desire to do in the future.

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MATT DUFFIE

What does Father’s Day look like to you?

Enjoying what fatherhood is - spending time with my family outdoors, going on adventures, drinking good coffee.

What has being a dad taught you about yourself?

It’s made me aware of how patient I am, parenting can be tough at times but all in all it's a blessing. I feel very lucky to be leading my daughter through this world.

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MATT GRANT

What does Father’s Day look like to you?

Father’s Day starts with my 3 crazy boys waking me up and jumping all over me to share their love and excitement for the day ahead, before heading to our local cafe and to the beach. No work, no distractions, just my favourite people in my favourite location, which always ends with a full stomach and a full heart.

What has being a dad taught you about yourself?

Before becoming a father I was lost and unwell. Fatherhood has given me a new lease on life and has taught me the true meaning of love and happiness, which has not only given me the confidence to reach out of my comfort zone, but has allowed me to grow as a person.

 

"I have so much to thank my parents for and I am forever grateful for what they have done for me."

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RAY BROWN

What does Father’s Day look like to you?

Waking up to my gorgeous wife and beautiful boys all in bed together. Spending uninterrupted, in the moment time with my family which will include our usual Sunday family breaky out at our favourite healthy local, grabbing a coffee with my wife then enjoying the outdoors with my family and teaching my boy about life and everyday things.

What has being a dad taught you about yourself?

What being a dad has taught me about myself is I have so much to thank my parents for and that I am forever grateful for what they have done for me. The other thing being a father has taught me is a heightened unconditional love. One that I can’t explain, only one you can feel. And one more thing! My kids teach me daily - to be. To have endless love, as they do for everyone. To have fun and play!

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PHONG THACH

What does Father’s Day look like to you?

Father’s Day is a celebration of the life of my two girls, and the honour that I have been chosen to be their father, teacher and mentor. To be a part of the joy, emotions and fun energy.

What has being a dad taught you about yourself?

Becoming a father has taught me to embody a selfless identity with gratitude and being grateful for everyone that I can be influential to. “Don’t sweat the small stuff” - all that matters in life is that my girls are happy, safe, healthy and the other stuff will take care of itself. Keep it simple as all they need is for you to love them and I can share this energy through friends and work life balance.

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DAN WAGSTAFF

What does Father’s Day look like to you?

Father’s Day for me is about recognising the role my father plays in my life, the role I play in my sons life and just spending quality time together.

What has being a dad taught you about yourself?

Being a dad changed my life, as any parent would know. It has taught me a love that I didn’t know existed and knowing my son looks up to me to guide him, has really show me how important it is to be the best role model and father I can be.

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STORM DE SMETH

What does Father’s Day look like to you?

My Father’s Day is about doing the fun stuff with my family! Beach, playing at the park and BBQ's… and a day off from the dirty nappies for dad.

What has being a dad taught you about yourself?

Being a dad has taught me that I find my true happiness in cherishing the loving connection and warm memories with my family over status and material things.

 

"When you become a parent it makes you realised that there are qualities inside of you that you never thought you had."

 

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EVAN KARAVITIS

What does Father’s Day look like to you?

Father's Day is bitter sweet for me. I lost my father seven years ago. I have my own little boy who amazes me on the daily but especially on Father’s Day. I LOVE spending the day with my family, it makes me cherish what we have whilst remembering all the wonderful memories I have with my father.

What has being a dad taught you about yourself?

When you become a parent it makes you realise that there are qualities inside of you that you never thought you had. I have definitely realised that you never put yourself first anymore!

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ADAM JELIC

What does Father’s Day look like to you?

Spending time with my girls and getting spoilt for the day. It starts with breakfast in bed (usually bacon and eggs) and then we spend time playing outdoors and being in the moment as a family. Also every Father's Day I visit my dad and spend quality time with him.

What has being a dad taught you about yourself?

Being a dad has taught me how to be a better person. It’s taught me to be more resilient, more caring, more loving, more patient and more present. I have realised that I am more capable and resilient than I ever thought I was. Being a dad is the best thing in this world.

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KYLE HARTIGAN

What does Father’s Day look like to you?

A walk to the beach via the local cafe for a coffee and babycino with my daughter and dog.

What has being a dad taught you about yourself?

Dad jokes are my calling in life!

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NICHOLAS O'SULLIVAN

What does Father’s Day look like to you?

Waking up with my 2 kids, having my 3 year old daughter help me make banana, blueberry pancakes and spending the day being present with my family making new memories.

What has being a dad taught you about yourself?

I have an infinite capacity for love, patience and forgiveness. I am capable of absolutely anything and I need to be the role model I want for my kids.

 

"The more time I can devote to my family, the more special moments I can be part of."

 

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NIGEL BEACH

What does Father’s Day look like to you?

It is a day to reflect on the honour and importance of my role as a father and the influence on my family.

What has being a dad taught you about yourself?

It has helped me to understand the true importance of total time over quality time. The beautiful moments don’t adhere to schedules so the more total time I can devote to my family the more special moments I can be part of.

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JAZZA ROBERTS

What does Father’s Day look like to you?

Father’s Day to me looks like a nice family breakfast, probably at one of my favourite cafes down by the beach. Then a family morning walk either down the beach or at a nice park for the kids to ride their bikes. Then we would meet my brothers with the family at my parents place for lunch & dinner and let all the grandkids run a muck and mess my parents house.

What has being a dad taught you about yourself?

Something I’ve learnt from being a father is patience. No matter how many times you think you’ve explain yourself, unconditional love exists. Listening and presence is everything to them. All they want and need is their father to be there to listen and be with them in the moment. My kids are my everything!

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CHRIS EADEN

What does Father’s Day look like to you?

Taking some time with my family to tune out and be present. I have been given a gift.

What has being a dad taught you about yourself?

To reach out and to support and talk to other dads. The journey to fatherhood and becoming a parent can be a long one. It's okay to ask for help, having a baby is not as simple as it sounds. 

DJ FORBES

What does Father’s Day look like to you?

I might get a cooked meal if I’m lucky and usually a card from the kids made during school. My wife and I try to get out dads together for a meal, otherwise just hanging out and appreciating fatherhood.

What has being a dad taught you about yourself?

Patience & perspective. 1) They are only kids and 2) Majority of the things I tell them off for I used to do as a kid. As a former athlete, when I had kids they definitely brought perspective to what was really important and part of my decision making process revolves around them now.

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