Rugby man and partner to compete in international ‘Wife-Carrying’ competition after winning Australian heat

Ben and Jess won the Australian Wife-Carrying contest
Ben and Jess won the Australian Wife-Carrying contest

A Rugby man and his partner will be representing Australia in an international ‘Wife-Carrying’ competition.

Ben Gregg, who lived in Lancaster Road, Rugby, before moving to Australia in 2007, won the Australian Wife-Carrying Championship on Saturday with his girlfriend, Jess McCallum, despite not training for the event.

Ben and Jess won the Australian Wife-Carrying contest

Ben and Jess won the Australian Wife-Carrying contest

Jess bought an entry ticket to the competition as a light-hearted birthday present for Ben and the couple went on to win the event, much to their surprise.

They will now travel to Finland to represent Australia in the World Wife-Carrying Championship.

‘Wife-Carrying’ involves male participants throwing their a female partner over their shoulders and completing an obstacle course as quickly as possible.

Jess and Ben met through a mutual friend around four years ago.

Ben and Jess won the Australian Wife-Carrying contest

Ben and Jess won the Australian Wife-Carrying contest

Ben said: “I knew straight away she would be good wife-carrying material!”

After studying at Harris School and Leamington College, Ben went on to read Sports Science at Gloucester University.

Ben, 34, then went backpacking around Australia on a gap year in 2007 and shortly after he secured a job in property recruitment and decided to stay out there.

Ben continues to work in property recruitment in Sydney and Hong Kong while Jess, 28, is a PR executive at Blackmores - a Health and Wellbeing Products company.