2018 Winners

Darin Browne

2018 Queensland Father of the Year

Darin Browne is a father of three daughters, and grandfather of one, who has dedicated his life to helping those less fortunate. Whether in his full-time profession as a behavioural optometrist helping children with learning difficulties thrive, as a foster parent for more than 25 years, or as one of the founding couples of Lily House for women and children fleeing domestic violence, Darin gives all he can. But it’s seeing the unconditional love he’s shown his daughters now being shared with others that fills his heart the most.


Peter Beardmore


After becoming a first-time dad in his 50’s, Peter Beardmore doesn’t miss a precious second of fatherhood. The dedicated stay-at-home dad from McDowall is also his wife’s full-time carer – and has been for 18 years. The father of two volunteers at both his children’s schools, helping out at the tuckshop, with swimming lessons, reading groups and school dances. Peter is heavily involved in his children’s Little Athletics club and has inspired other stay-at-home dads, and dads in general, to get involved in their children’s activities.

Andrew King

Central Queensland

Legally blind church pastor, children’s soccer coach and supporter of grieving fathers, Andrew King is also an exemplary father to his own three children. The 37 year old makes sure he is available for his children, whether it’s helping them with homework, sport, musical activities or building epic cubby houses and having fun with them. Andrew uses his visual impairment to teach his young soccer plays about knowing and understanding their limitations and finding ways to overcome them and succeed. He is also heavily involved in pastoral care for families in and around Yeppoon.

Kenton Poole

Southern Queensland

Father of eight children and father figure to his 37 nieces and nephews, Yatala builder and project manager Kenton Poole, works hard to make sure his children have all they need in life – a stable and reliable father figure and lots of love. As well as caring for a sick wife and teaching in his local church, Kenton takes his children to martial arts classes, basketball training and dance lessons, often staying to watch or helping with the scoreboard.

Congratulations to all the finalists. You are all highly-deserving nominees and an inspiration to fathers across the state.


The aim of the award is to recognise the significant role fathers play in their children’s well-being and development and to raise awareness of the value of fathers in the family and the community.

It identifies and honours outstanding fathers for their exceptional commitment to raising their children or for their exemplary contribution to the development of children in the community.

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2017 Queensland Father of the Year