Meet re­gion’s best fa­ther

Central and North Burnett Times - - CENTRAL & NORTH BURNETT TIMES - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHO­TOS: SHIRLEY WAY

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.

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