Hamish McLachlan is no doubt a familiar face, having held a regular spot on television as a sports commentator over the years. While a fixed sight on our screens, it is his role as a father that is perhaps less public. To celebrate Father’s Day this year, we looked at the idea of Dad’s Gift: what trait or characteristic it is that you inherited from your father. Here, Hamish shares what each of his adorable children inherited from him.
Photography by Alexandrena Parker.
What do you hope to pass onto your children?
“My wife Soph and I talked about this the other day, and children with a huge amount of empathy and respect is where we landed. If they are empathetic towards all around them, and respect hard work, and people, and the value of a dollar and others' views, I think they will be in good shape.”
And what do you think your children inherited from you?
"Freckles, a love of the outdoors and for good stories. She is a very caring, sensitive little soul. She loves our horses and all the animals really - she’s very earthy.
“I think Indi is a pretty good little sportswoman. She’s neat on a horse, a quick little runner and she’s got a very good sense of humour. She might have inherited my impatience too sadly, but we are both working on that!”
"He and I look pretty similar at the same age – I was very fair early on too. He’s a big personality, really positive and the glass is always half full. I hope he can keep that outlook. He likes to talk and is a very good little storyteller. I was similar."
What do think you took from your dad?
“Dad was very big on manners, hard work and respect: always say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, always look someone in the eye when shaking their hand, and use the surname of elders until they tell you differently. And work hard. Don’t waste your opportunities. It may sound old fashioned now, but it was a good grounding on always thinking of others and making the most of what you had in front of you.”