What is Wife Carrying?
Wife Carrying is actually very much like it sounds! Men carrying wives (or girlfriends, sisters, cousins or friends!!) through an obstacle course that includes sand, water and fences. The team with the fastest time through the obstacle course wins.
Originating in Finland, the act of Wife Carrying is based around the 19th century legend “Ronkainen the Robber”. There are three stories as to how the sport was developed. Firstly, Ronkainen and his thieves were accused of stealing food and women from local villages carrying the women away on their backs. Secondly, the men would go to surrounding villages to steal the wives of other men and later become their wives. Finally, Ronkainen trained his thieves to become successful and skilful for their missions by requiring them to practice carrying large heavy sacks on their backs.
The first modern day wife carrying event was held in Finland in 1992 with foreign contestants entering in 1995. The Wife Carrying World Championships are now held annually in Sonkajärvi, Finland.
Singleton commenced hosting the Australian Wife Carrying Titles in 2005. Since then, the event has grown to become a major highlight of the event calendar for the Hunter. Teams enter the event from all over Australia, including Newcastle, Sydney, Brisbane, Goulburn, Tamworth, Central Coast, Merriwa, Muswellbrook, Stroud, Hawkesbury, Moss Vale, Gunnedah, Lake Macquarie, Templestow (Vic), Cairns, Maitland and of course, Singleton. In the past 15 years, over 150 couples have entered the competition. Thirteen couples have made the trip over to Finland to represent Australia—and have had a fantastic experience in the process.
2023 Australian Wife Carrying Titles
The 2023 Australian Wife Carrying Titles will be held on Saturday 23rd September 2023 at approximately 4pm* (*time subject to change by N.A.A.) at the Singleton Showground.
The winning duo of the Australian Wife Carrying Titles at the 2023 Singleton Show will win a chance to represent Australia at the World Wife Carrying Titles in Finland* July 2024! (*Subject to change by the NAA)
* Conditions Apply.
Criteria which must be met to be eligible for the first prize:
If your carrying weight is less than 49kg you must bring your own weights to bring your carrying weight up to the 49kg mark.
Australian Wife Carrying Titles, Singleton Showgroundâ
More Information & Entry Form
The Australian Wife Carrying Titles Waiver Form
The Australian Wife Carrying Titles Entry Form
Entry Fee $40
Entries Open - 1st July 2023 - click on the Competition tab, then Entry Online Here tab
Entries Closes - Sunday 17th September 2023