Meet region’s best father
DARREN Geissler has many labels – rural fire brigade officer, Biggenden Show Society vice-president, school volunteer and junior sports coach.
Now he can add another: Sunshine Coast-Wide Bay Father of the Year.
The father of three boys described the win as a “big shock”.
“What I do is not anything spectacular... I just run a traditional family,” Mr Geissler said.
But the fourth-generation beef property owner always makes time for his sons.
“I try to spend all the time that I can with them. We don’t go on flash fancy holidays. It’s mostly work (and) we try to make work as fun as we can for them.
“My father died when I was 30, so I try to step up.
“It’s about making the effort.”
His good mate Robbie Radel nominated Mr Geissler for the award.
“He’s very inspiring to me as a parent,” Mr Radel said.
“He was the youngest president of Biggenden Show Society (2008–2012) and he brought the show back from extinction.
“Getting his own kids involved showed the spirit of volunteering.”
David, 12, Tim, 11, and Matthew, 7, also had a hand in the nomination.
The boys said their father was a caring dad who “let’s us do real fun things together and play”.
Mr Geissler inspires his sons with games of football and soccer in the paddock to mustering and cattle work, wife Tracey said.
“They’re lucky to have a great male bond,” she said.
Mr Geissler is one of seven finalists for the Queensland Father of the Year award, the winner of which will be announced on September 3 in Brisbane.
SUPER DAD: Darren Geissler, is the Sunshine CoastWide Bay Father of the Year. He is pictured right with wife Tracey, and sons Tim (left), David and Matthew.