THROUGHOUT the ages, many brides have been carried over the threshold by their husbands as they start a new life together.
For Erin Acton, however, being carried around by husband Kane isn’t that unusual. The pair has found a secret talent in the sport of wife carrying.
Having taken out first place at Moss Vale Show for the past two years, the pair will compete against Australia’s best at Singleton Show this weekend.
The OAK Australian Wife Carrying Titles brings together winners from local shows across the nation, where techniques of all kinds are used to maneuver one’s wife through a series of obstacles on a 225m race course.
Kane and Erin were quick to discount the ‘piggy back’ technique for its discomfort, and plan to instead opt for the ‘Estonian-carry’ technique when they face off with their competition.
“It seems to balance us out and it’s just so much easier, some of the carry techniques are just really awkward,” Kane said.
The couple has been training for weeks, motivated by a chance to represent Australia in Finland.
Singleton Show event winners will compete internationally at the World Wife Carrying Titles in Finland in 2017.
“It all kind of started because I have an ambition to represent Australia at a national level, and as far as athletics go I’m not all that good,” Erin laughed. “I figured hey, if I can’t run, I’m sure I can be good at being carried!”
The couple hopes for a podium finish this weekend. “Last year at Singleton we came seventh, so we hope to kick it up a notch,” Kane said.