Torren Brennan with sons Sam and Patrick.
Torren Brennan with sons Sam and Patrick. Craig Warhurst

Dad a role model to sons

GYMPIE dad Torren Brennan carries himself the way his father carried himself when Torren was a youngster and says it's important dad's remember they are role models for their children.

Torren is hoping for a bit of a sleep-in on Father's Day tomorrow, but he expects to be up pretty early to work on his son Pat's car.

Then he is taking Pat's mate for a driving lesson.

Just like his own father, Torren is humble, kind and tries his best to live a good life and enjoy a few good laughs.

These are the things he is instilling in his boys.

The James Nash State High teacher and footy coach hesitates when asked what he reckons makes a good dad.

"I wish there was a manual on it," he says.

"If there was a manual I would go and look at it."

But from the relaxed, confident smiles on the faces of Pat and Sam, and on the face of wife Sue, Torren has read the manual.

"I think I am a good dad because I give up my time for Pat and Sam and help them out with whatever interests they have," he says.

The boys are right into their sport and Torren coaches three footy teams and spends many weekends travelling all over Australia taking Pat to car races.

But his role modelling extends way beyond the boundaries of his own nuclear family.

He believes the footy field is a great place to teach young men how to conduct themselves.

"It's more than the footy game," he says.

"It's how you conduct yourself on and off the field."

The Wayne Bennett fan says being a coach enables him to guide his impressionable young players on how to become "great young men".

"In fact the school has had more than one email from people who have witnessed our footy boys at the restaurants we frequent (and by that I mean McDonalds) complimenting us on their behaviour."

The idea of a special day to honour fathers and celebrate fatherhood was introduced from the United States.

Many Australians celebrate Father's Day by showing their appreciation for their dads or father figures.

Whatever you are doing tomorrow, whether it is a day out in the park, barbecuing or at the movies, give your dad a hug and make him feel appreciated.

Gympie Times


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