This year’s Nagambie on Water Festival will honour the memory of swimmer Ryan Gowty.
Ryan had a long history with the Nagambie On Water swimming event, winning the juniors category in 2009 and taking out the overall honour in 2016.
He stood on the podium many times including in 2015 when he missed out on winning by mere seconds.
At only 20 years of age, Ryan was tragically killed in a camping accident on the Murray River in December.
His uncle approached the NOW committee as a way to honour Ryan’s swimming achievements and to acknowledge the Gowty family’s ties to the area.
For many years the family regularly stayed at Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park, and a NOW Festival spokesperson said the annual holidaymakers were considered part of the extended Nagambie family and organisers looked forward to their participation in the Nagambie On Water Festival each year.
‘‘Ryan made the most of his talent and time at Nagambie,’’ the spokesperson said.
‘‘The festival offers our deepest sympathy to the extended Gowty family.’’
This year, in honour of Ryan, the fastest male and fastest female swimmer will be presented with the Ryan Gowty Memorial Trophy, which is being sponsored by Nagambie Leisure Park.
Contact the NOW Festival for more details if you would like to swim in memory of ‘Rhino’ and help his family celebrate his success at Lake Nagambie.
The NOW Festival is being held on the first weekend in March.
The festival starts in the evening on Friday, March 1 with a pizza night and runs until Sunday, March 3 with all activities centred around Lake Nagambie, Jacobson’s Outlook and High St, Nagambie.
The Mitchelton #NOW19 Swim race will be held on Saturday, March 2.
Festival-goers can expect a wide variety of entertainment from market stalls to a canoe challenge and the Tahbilk Great Wine Stomp.
For more information visit nagambieonwater.com.au