John and Deb take a tumble in the first heat of the wife carrying races on Sunday.
John and Deb take a tumble in the first heat of the wife carrying races on Sunday. Marguerite Cuddihy

Couple on a winning streak

WIFE CARRYING: Step aside Commonwealth Games, the true demonstration of grit and determination was in Roma on the weekend with the annual wife-carrying races taking centre stage.

Two-time champions Alex Underhill and Sophie Streets returned to the south-west to defend their glory and claim a hat-trick.

Underhill and Streets were up against four other couples across two heats, and managed to take home victory in just 27.26 seconds.

Asked if they did any special training in the lead-up to the event, Underhillwas coy.

"Alex does a few more squats leading up to Easter,” Streets laughed.

Underhill and Streets are from Brisbane, and come to Roma each year to take part in the event.

The past couple of years they have brought with them a support crew of mates who often end up taking part in the entertaining competition.

"We don't do it anywhere else, so it's just a one-time- a-year thing,” Underhill said.

"It's good fun and it's a good yarn to spin for mates about coming out here to take part in the wife- carrying races.”

First-time duo Billy Ryan and Laura Adams placed a close second.

Both couples said they looked forward to coming back next year to compete.

The contest runs as part of the Easter in the Country celebrations where male competitors race while carrying a female teammate.

The champion "husband” takes home the weight of his wife in beer.

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