As the Gold Coast SUNS’ senior coach, Stuart Dew knows a thing or two about footie. But off the field, he’s raising his own little team, including Frankie and Jack, with the support of partner Sarah. Here’s his story…

Take us back to the moment you met your first child. What do you remember of that precise moment? It was the most exciting day of both Sarah’s and my life. The moment you get to lay eyes on your child for the first time is something you can’t describe.

What’s been your proudest moment, so far, as a dad?

It might be a little bit cliché, but each and every day you see your kids growing up, as a parent, is a proud moment. When Frankie started school as well, that was pretty special.

What has been the most challenging part of your role as a dad?

Just the balance of loving your kids, providing them with support and then providing them with discipline when needed.

How would your kids describe you in three words?

“Best Ask Them” hahaha!

How did you and your partner share the parenting role when the kids were growing up?

We’ve always both been working parents with different careers so have just tried to share all the duties equally.

If your family had a reality TV show, what would it be called?

National Lampoons

Did your father give you any parenting tips?

Not verbally. My father was a great man but he was also a man of few words. I learnt a lot from the way he raised me.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt from being a dad?

Probably two things – that others are more important than yourself, and that your kids are always watching and listening to everything you say and do.

Dream big: What’s the best Father’s Day gift you could receive this year? 

A day spent all together as a family on the amazing beaches of the Gold Coast would always make my day.


Shout your own ‘rad dad’ to a Gold Coast SUNS Saturday home game before the season ends. Here’s when our team is playing at Metricon Stadium:

  • July 14: SUNS vs Essendon, 7.25pm
  • July 28: SUNS vs Carlton, 7.25pm
  • August 11: SUNS vs Richmond, 2.10pm
  • August 18: SUNS vs Brisbane Lions, 7.25pm




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