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Thursday 20 November 2014

Mo Farah is Celebrity Dad of Year

Mo Farah has been voted Premier Inn Celebrity Dad of the Year 2013
Mo Farah has been voted Premier Inn Celebrity Dad of the Year 2013

Track hero Mo Farah has added another treasured title to his two Olympic gold medals - Celebrity Dad of the Year.

Just weeks after delighting British crowds by storming to a rare double Olympic gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m, Farah was celebrating the birth of twin daughters Aisha and Amani.

After being voted Premier Inn Celebrity Dad of The Year by the British public, the 30-year-old said: "I train to be an athlete but there is no training to be a dad and I'm learning all the time. This award shows I must doing something right, which is a real confidence boost!"

Farah's wife Tania, with whom he also has a seven-year-old stepdaughter, Rihanna, gave birth to the twins at the end of August after his golden summer. He dedicated his Olympic medals to the babies.

Now his family is one of the biggest pick-me-ups after a hard day's training. "The best part (of fatherhood) is being able to come back and see the girls," he said.

"Even when I'm exhausted from training, I get home and see them and suddenly I feel amazing again. To have three beautiful daughters is a blessing that I am grateful for every day."

Farah tries to be a hands-on father but admits: "Tania is definitely better at changing nappies than me! I must say bathtime with the twins is the best and I love spending time outside playing with Rhianna."

The Somalian-born athlete was in huge demand after his London 2012 victories and had to juggle sleepless nights and nappy changes with appearances on TV shows, numerous photoshoots and awards ceremonies.

He said: "When they were first born it was very difficult. It was straight after the Olympics and so I was being asked to attend lots of events, I still had races and so had to train and the girls weren't sleeping well at night at all - as many newborns don't.

"Now we have them into a routine it is better but, as I'm sure every parent knows, it's not easy. I suppose the biggest change really is the priorities in my life. To be a top athlete you do have to, at times, be quite selfish but now I have to always consider my girls."

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