Australian Father of The Year 2022

Craig Foster AM

Dad to three exceptional children with wife Lara Foster,
Craig Foster is the coach and cheerleader every Australian child hopes for.

Nicknamed Fozzy or Fozz, he is Australia’s 419th Socceroo, the 40th captain of the national team, Human Rights Activist and Australian Father of The Year 2022.

Craig is known to stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. Going above and beyond in protecting and mentoring youth in need comes naturally to Craig and his desire for a better tomorrow for those who need it most.

A Human Rights and Refugee Ambassador for Amnesty Australia, a member of the Australian Multicultural Council, Committee member with Human Rights Watch; and Advisory Council member of the Australian Human Rights Institute, UNSW.

Working alongside for-purpose organisations that excel in programs that lead change in domestic violence, indigenous rights, homelessness and refugee advocacy.

He is the recipient of the 2020 NSW Government Humanitarian Award for his work with sport and human rights and the 2020 Abyssinian Medal, as part of the 14th Australian Muslim Achievement Awards (AMAA), founded and hosted by the Mission of Hope and led by Hanan Dover.

He was also appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2021 for significant service to multiculturalism, to human rights and refugee support organisations, and to football.

“Jake, Jemma and Charli have chosen their parents wisely. With mother Lara, Craig has played a vital role in preparing these children for life. Not only is Craig a role model for others, but most importantly for his kids who, as they travel through life, will have the good fortune to have the love, experience, and wisdom that only a father in a loving family relationship can bring”, says Maurice Newman. “I congratulate Craig as Australian Father of the Year and thank him for carrying the mantle as role model for all Australian fathers.”

Craig is an exemplary father and role model who works towards a brighter future for those with little hope.

A heartfelt message from Craig

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