JADE Cupitt and Luke Papworth will compete in the World Wife Carrying Championships in Finland next year after taking out the Australian title in Singleton.
The couple finished the 250 metre obstacle course in 1:00.93 on Saturday at Singleton Show, beating C.J Walker and Meg MacAuslan by two seconds.
Miss Cupitt, 18, of Singleton, said their last minute decision to tackle the 1.5 metre water obstacle with her on his back was the catalyst to getting over the finish line in the fastest time.
"We were so surprised when we found out that we had won, we only did it for a bit of fun and now we're going to compete in Finland," she said.
"We kept changing our minds about whether I would stay on his back or whether I would get off, and I'm so glad I stayed on because we wouldn't have won if I hadn't."
Miss Cupitt and Mr Papworth, 19, of Sydney, were practising on Friday afternoon to perfect their techniques and were doubtful about their chances of securing a place.
Miss Cupitt said their results showed that anything was possible.
The couple have already started thinking about their training regime to prepare for the international competition in July, but Miss Cupitt's HSC exams will be the first priority.