Our parents help us to become who we are? In our recent Fathers’ Day feature, some of our contributors remembered the role their fathers played in their careers.

Our parents play an important role in who we become….

Channel 7’s Pat Welsh says: “We had a great upbringing – plenty of after-school test matches. Dad was a sportsman of high calibre; he played at a high level in both rugby league and cricket but his career was interrupted by World War 2 – he spent five years fighting in PNG. But his love of sport obviously rubbed off on the kids and I followed every sport passionately. Sadly my schoolboy sports career rarely soared, so I decided reporting on sport would be the next best thing. Dad encouraged me and was instrumental in me landing a job with Channel 7 in 1975 and I’ve been here ever since.”

4BC’s Chris Adams says: “My father, Charles,  had a very different career path to me. After a stint in the airforce, he owned small country convenience shops and later worked in finance. He always encouraged me and we share a love of AFL and are loyal to Essendon.”

Professor Ian Frazer says when his father, Dr Sam Frazer stood beside his son, Ian, at this university graduation in June 1977 – “this was the moment when I think my father first saw me as an equal, and when I realised I could be.”

Do we aspire to be what our parents want us to be? Share your thoughts in our comment box below.



I confess I was a bit teary when I read the Dad and Me story. The comment by Professor Frazer that after graduation he thought his father first saw him as an equal, made me think about my own parents. My father and mother were both university graduated professionals but I never took to study. I wanted to be an actress which horrified them. In the end, we agreed I could study drama if I also studied something that would promise a back-up career. I did teaching. I’ve now been teaching drama for years and I know they are proud of me. It was a win-win. Kay, Nudgee