Patrons & Sponsors
- Premier’s Cup Golf Charity Celebration
- Premier’s Cup Golf Charity Challenge
Shoalhaven Superheroes Festival
Patron – Mayor of Shoalhaven City Council
Inaugural Patron – CLR Joanna Gash
Current Patron – CLR Amanda Finley
Patron – Guy Leech
(Ironman Superhero – Superheroes Community Care River Retreat)
We are delighted to announce Guy Leech “Ironman Superhero” as the Inaugural Patron of the Superheroes Community Care River Retreat (River Retreat).
Guy is a recognised sporting icon, both in Australia and around the world. He is also the founder of Heart180 Life Saving Defibs, and Ambassador of The Heart Research Institute of Australia.
Guy’s sporting achievements include:
- 1983 Australian Marathon Swimming Champion
- 1984 Coolangatta Gold Ironman Champion (43km)
- 1985 Coolangatta Gold Ironman Champion (43km)
- 1986 Inaugural Winner of the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman
- 1988 World Ironman Champion – Vancouver, Canada
- 1989 Inaugural Uncle Toby’s Ironman Champion
- 1989 Coolangatta Gold Ironman – 1st
- 1991 World Ocean Surf Ski Champion – Molokai, Hawaii (50km)
- 1993 Avon Descent Champion – Perth, Western Australia (134km)
- Seven-time winner of the Uncle Toby’s Ironman series
- Represented Australia in Surf Lifesaving, Marathon Swimming, and Stillwater Swimming
- 1993 Won Australia’s Fittest Athlete Competition – Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra, ACT
Patron – Paul Ell
(Shoalhaven SchoolsPOP – Schools “Capes for Community” Awards)
Paul Ell is a lifelong Shoalhaven local who is making a difference in our community. Paul is a passionate believer in the power of volunteerism, and this led him to become involved in Shoalhaven Superheroes as an honorary judge of the Volunteer Service and Beyond Awards since 2017. In 2020, Paul was honoured to be asked to become the Patron for the Shoalhaven Superheroes Schools “Capes for Communities” Volunteer Awards.
His advocacy on behalf of the Smith Family and other local charities and community causes has been recognised over the years, including being named the Shoalhaven Young Citizen of the Year in 2011, and being awarded in 2018 the coveted Tom Harvey Award for Citizenship at NSW Parliament House on behalf of the Australia Youth Trust.
Paul is an active part of the Shoalhaven community, and in addition to his involvement with Shoalhaven Superheroes and the Smith Family, currently contributes in a range of roles including UOW Council Member, Director of Pulse Ltd, Vice President of the Shoalcoast Legal Centre, President of the Shoalhaven Law Society, and a Board Member of Bomaderry Rotary.
Patron – John Martin
(Bomolympics, Galaxy Games)
John is a life member of Basketball Australia, Basketball NSW, and Shoalhaven Basketball, and has been inducted into the hall of fame of Basketball Australia and Basketball NSW. He has been the recipient of FIBA’s Radmir Sharper Award for contribution to World Basketball Officiating, and is a former FIBA Technical Commissioner and Educator.
He is a member of both the Sydney Olympics and Para Olympics Basketball Organising Committees, and has served as the Basketball Australia Technical Commissioner for Australian junior championships. He has also been a referee, and then a referee coach at the National Basketball League and Women’s NBL.
Patrons – Alan Murphy & Kimmy Davidson
(Berry CoolPOP Master & Miss Brix Buy a ‘Superheroes’ Brick Home for Donations)
“Being good community citizens is a passion we share. Since moving to the Shoalhaven, we have had the opportunity through our business, Berry Cool Nursery, to get involved with the Shoalhaven Superheroes.
As the site of the Master & Miss Brix “Buy a Superheroes Brick” donation campaign, we assist with the fundraising for the Superheroes Community Care River Retreat for families with chronically ill kids.
As sponsor Hosts of the ShoalPOP Pop Culture Charity Expo, held over two days, we enjoyed bringing the community together to celebrate the fun of pop culture, and in November 2019, we were proud to also host the Shoalhaven Superheroes inaugural Kidditch World Cup Tournament, an exciting World First achievement.”
Patron – The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP
(BerryPOP – Shire of Berry Potter, Home of the Kidditch World Cup Tournament, Honorary Patron, Minster of Sports, New South Wales)
Stuart is a current member of the NSW Legislative Assembly, a Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism, and Western Sydney, and a member for Penrith through the Liberal Party.
Patron – Zac Mihajlovic
(NowraPOP – Bat City)
AKA Australia’s Batman, Zac is a big supporter of helping others, and over the years, has attended many local community and major events in Australia with his 1989 Batmobile. Zac also helps many fundraising events, and is an ambassador for the Make a Wish Foundation.
In 2014, Zac helped launch the inaugural BerryPOP Pop Culture Expo, and in 2016, became the inaugural Shoalhaven Superheroes League of Legends inductee for his outstanding community service and for the promotion of pop culture.
Chewie Chan & Chris Sequeira
(Nowra AlivePOP – Creators World)
Christopher Sequeira is a writer and editor of mystery, horror, fantasy, science fiction and superhero material, and works in various formats including prose and comic books & graphic novels. He co-created Master Brix and Miss Brix for Shoalhaven Superheroes.
Chewie Chan is an artist for movies and comics such as Happy Feet, Superman Returns, Iron Man, and Mad Max Fury Road.
Festival Naming Sponsor
Festival Platinum Sponsors
Festival Gold Sponsors
Festival Silver Sponsors
Community Partners & Associates
(Past & Present)
Buy a “Superheroes” Brick Community Partners & Sponsors
Kia Picanto S Auto Hatch Raffle Ticket Car Superheroes Sponsors