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PHR - Wife Carrying!

World Champion Joins the Elite of the
Principality Sports Competitors!


HRH Prince Leonard is proud to announce that the Principality
is represented in the sport of Wife Carrying by:

Miss Julia Galvin

Picture courtesy Grady Winfield


In the sport of Wife Carrying SONKAJARVI, FINLAND is where the sport was invented
and the  world championships have been held there each year around the month of June since 1992.

Basic Rules of the sport!

  1. The length of the official track is 253.5 metres. 
    Its surface is made up of sand, grass and asphalt.

  2. The track has two dry obstacles and one water obstacle,
    about a metre deep.

  3. The wife to be carried may be your own, the neighbour's or one you may just wish for?;
    she must, however, be over 17 years of age.

  4. The minimum weight of the wife to be carried is 49 kilos.  If she weighs less she will
    be burdened with a heavy rucksack in order she reaches the desired minimum weight.
    There is no maximum weight!

  5. The winner is the couple who completes the course in the shortest time.

  6. If a contestant drops the wife, he has to lift her back onto his back
    or in his arms and continue carrying.

  7. The only equipment allowed is a belt worn by the carrier.

  8. The contestants run the race two at a time, so each heat is a contest in itself.

  9. Each contestant takes care of his/her safety and, if deemed necessary, insurance.

  10. The contestants have to pay attention to the instructions given by the organisers of the competition.

Along with the wife carrying world championships there is also a team competition.
The track is the same but three men in the team carry the wife in turns.
At the exchange point the carrier has to drink the official “wife carrying drink”
continuing the race.

We at PHR are proud to have Julia representing us and will certainly be reporting on her exploits!


Miss Julia Galvin
Principality of Hutt River
Novelty Sports Representative.



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Check out Julia's latest exploits in each of the sports shown on the left and
 notice of her current or upcoming exploits will be shown immediately below to enable all to follow.



PHR represented by Dame Julia Galvin at the:
2012 World Alternative Games Championships

August 17th to September 02nd at:
Llanwrtyd Wells in Powys, Mid Wales, UK



2012 World Wife Carrying Championships

Julia Galvin represented PHR in the:
July 07th 2012 in FINLAND



Helping Geraldton celebrate Australia Day 2012.

Julia Galvin, PHR Novelty Sports representative again travels from Ireland to host the:
Second Geraldton Wife Carrying Championships.

January 26th 2012




Julia Galvin represents PHR in the:
Inaugural Geraldton Wife Carrying Championships

Part of the Australia Day Celebrations in
January 26th 2011


Dame Julia attends Geraldton for the Inaugural Wife Carrying Competition (report) &
attends PHR for Investiture of her Award: DSOL (photos)






Miss Julia Galvin elevated to Dame Julia Galvin DSOL

Sovereigns 85th Birthday Honours List 27th August 2010


Dame Julia Galvin represents PHR in the:
World Wife Carrying Championships
July 2nd - 3rd 2010

Dame Julia represents the Principality at the:
2010 Irish Wife Carrying Championships

July 24th 2010

Web-site to view 2010 event pictures







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