The Melbourne Rubberman contest is the biggest event of Slick, with the winner representing our rubber community for the year. Stay tuned for more information on how to enter the 2019 contest, including rules and rounds soon.
In the meantime, get to know the men who have held the title of Melbourne Rubberman!
Melbourne Rubberman 2016
Sporty Geek Liam Clark originally hails from the VIC/NSW border town of Albury-Wodonga and won the first ever Melbourne Rubberman contest back in 2016.
During his title year he raised $2016 for local LGBTI+ phone-in service Switchboard through monthly BBQ’s at the Laird Hotel and a Eurovision preview party.
He also represented Melbourne in Chicago at the 20th Mr International Rubber contest – placing first runner up to Mr Rubber New England, Preston So.
He judged several contests during his reign – Mr Leather Italy 2017, Mr Rubber Poland 2017, Australian Pup and Handler 2017 and of course was a judge at Melbourne Rubberman 2017.
He also designed the current Melbourne Rubberman sash and has since become one of the organisers of Slick, hosting the competition in 2018.
Melbourne Rubberman 2017
A native of the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy, John Cheshire became the second Melbourne Rubberman in 2017.
During his title year he fundraised for Rainbow Railroad, raising over $5000 through a variety of events – most prominently his ‘Rescue’ fundraiser just before Slick 2018.
John competed at Mr International Rubber 21 – where he finished 1st runner up behind Mr Rubber Poland, Michał Neighbour.
John judged the Melbourne Rubberman 2018 competition.
Melbourne Rubberman 2018
Matt Shepherd is originally from Brisbane, QLD and moved to Melbourne in 2011. He became our third Melbourne Rubberman in 2018. During his title year he raised money for the David Williams Fund, a charity that directly benefits the lives of Victorians living with HIV. Overall, he raised
Matthew was a judge in the 2019 Melbourne Rubberman competition.
In 2019, Matthew will compete in the 23rd Mr International Rubber Competition in Chicago.
Melbourne Rubberman 2019
Jason Pearce is originally from Perth, Western Australia and moved to Melbourne in 2017 where he became one of the main organisers of the Melbourne Rubbermen group. In 2019 he became our fourth Melbourne Rubberman title holder.