Community Father of the Year

cfoy winner 2017 CR

Local Dad David Hocking has been named as the Wangaratta YMCA 2017 Community Father of the Year.

Wangaratta YMCA received 130 responses from families nominating their dad or father figure and Programs Specialist Prue Holmes said selecting a winner had been a very tough job.

She announced David Hocking as the 2017 Community Father of the Year and said he was a great example of a modern Dad/Father figure.

Mr Hocking was nominated by his daughter, Wangaratta West Primary School student Hope Hay-Walsh. Hope included a drawing of her Dad and all the special things about him, and said “I always know that he is always there for me. He supports me and encourages me.”

Hope added that her Dad “thinks he is pretty ordinary but he is not, he tells the truth and loves.”

Mr Hocking was presented with a $100 New Balance gift voucher with a family pass to the second annual YMCA Father’s Day Fun Run to be held on Father’s Day 3 September in Melbourne.

Ms Holmes said the Community Father of the Year award recognised a local dad or father figure who was great example and role model for his children.

“The YMCA Community Father of the Year award is all about celebrating the important role of fathers in our community. David is a wonderful example to his family and a deserving winner,” she said.

Ms Holmes added that Father’s Day on Sunday, 3 September is a great day for dads and children to get together and get physically active.

“There is no better time than Father’s Day to spend quality time with your children, it can be as easy as having a swim together, going for a walk, playing basketball or participating in the YMCA Father’s Day Fun Run,” she said.

The YMCA founded Father’s Day in the United States in 1910 and the Y remains dedicated to enabling people to be healthier, happier and connected to their community.

To find out more about the Father’s Day Fun Run visit