Shane fights through pain to be a great dad

Stacey and Shane with their daughters Alannah and Jayda Hattersley, after Shane was announced as the Southern Queensland Regional Father of the Year winner.
Stacey and Shane with their daughters Alannah and Jayda Hattersley, after Shane was announced as the Southern Queensland Regional Father of the Year winner. Erin Smith

HE MIGHT not wear a cape or mask, leap over buildings in a single bound or fly through the clouds at the speed of light but in the eyes of his two daughters, Shane Hattersley is one super dad.

"He is really cool," said daughter Alannah, 6. "I love it when he comes to the classroom and reads with us."

Youngest daughter Jayda, 5, said she loved it when her dad took her to the park on weekends and after school.

Alannah and Jayda are not the only ones who give their dad two thumbs up.

Shane was dubbed the 2013 Southern Queensland Father of the Year, during a ceremony at Warwick Central State School yesterday - a place where Shane spends a great deal of time.

While visiting the girls' school and going to the park might sound like normal things for dads to do, for Shane it is a huge effort.

Shane injured his back in a workplace accident and has spent the past 18 months in and out of hospital.

He has been through seven operations including one six-and-a-half hour procedure, has steel plates and rods in his back and struggles to walk.

Shane has been told there is nothing else doctors can do to help him.

Yet Shane refuses to let the severe pain and his physical battles stop him from being the best father he can.

"My kids are what keep me going," Shane said.

"They are the reason I get out of bed every morning.

"If it wasn't for them I'd still be in bed right now."

Shane said he was in "a state of shock" when he found out he'd won Father of the Year.

"I got teary actually," he said.

"It means a lot."

Shane, a former police officer and Navy serviceman, was nominated for the award by three people: Central State School chaplain Donna Angel, school principal Christine Dolley and Shane's wife Stacey.

Stacey and Shane have been together for 10 and half years, marrying three years ago.

"He is my best friend," Stacey said.

"Despite what has happened he has always remained positive.

"He always puts the girls before anything.

"I just love him to the moon and back."

Mrs Angel said Shane's actions were just inspirational.

"He just has a beautiful heart," she said.

"The way he cares for the people he loves is just wonderful."

Shane spends a great deal of time helping out at the school, from reading groups to coaching the rugby league team- even though neither of his girls was in the team.

Mrs Angel said Shane was dedicated to helping every student at the school.

"He never stops smiling," she said.

"He looks out for the kids in the whole school."

The awards run by Scripture Union Queensland and the RSL are in their fifth year.

Shane is the first Warwick father to be given the award.

He is one of seven finalists for the statewide Queensland Father of the Year Award, which will be announced at a ceremony in Brisbane on August 29.



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