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Action heats up at Nagambie on Water

Numbers attending and taking part might have been down, but there was still plenty to see at the annual festival.

CHALPAT SONTI March 5, 2014 11:03am

Stars Down Under waterskiing troupe.


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The promised rain thankfully stayed away — indeed it was almost stiflingly warm — and the several hundred who attended Saturday’s Nagambie on Water festival were treated to some hot action on the lake.

The Stars Down Under waterskiing troupe lived up to its name with some spectacular acrobatics, as can be seen on this page. Numbers were down for the two main participation events though — 56 turned out for the Park2Pub swim, while more even more worrying, just three entered the Walk on Water, despite the lure of substantial prize money.

The winner was a familiar face — Barry Goddard of Goulburn Weir took out his third straight title — and as he did last year, he donated the $1000 prize money.

This time it was to the Shaun Baker Appeal, to help a local family battling health problems.

Jack Sampson and friends took out the $250 best costume prize with their Cat in the Hat and Thing One and Thing Two.

The Park2Pub swim had a familiar winner as well, with Jason Forbes taking out the senior male section for the second year in a row with the overall fastest time of 15minutes 43seconds. Chris Barrett (18min) was second from Toby Fuhrmeister (18:11). Tim Henderson (16:20) was quickest masters male, six seconds ahead of Stephen Orr and John Hurley (17:33).

Michelle Jelleff took out the masters female in 16:53, a time which placed her fourth overall, ahead of Laura Smithers-Shaw (20:15) and Dawn Clark (21:45). Clare Sands won the senior female in 17:52, ahead of Chloe Macague (18:10) and Georgina Brennan (19:43).

Blake Fothergill was the fastest junior male in 20:46, ahead of Hugh Farrell (29:55), while Emma Hurley was the quickest junior female in 21:35, ahead of Mahony Fothergill (21:36) and Bridget Lambert (24:41).

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