Source: The Western Morning News
"Cornish miners have won double gold at an international contest in America that has its roots in the great tin and copper boom of the 19th century.
Students from Camborne School of Mines were taking part in the International Mining Games in the Midwestern US state of Missouri.
Last night the young men and women were celebrating after the Men’s A team and the Co-ed team both took the top position in the “mucking” event, which involves competitors pushing a one-ton ore wagon down a 75ft track and filling it as quickly as possible.
In total, three teams from CSM – the only representatives from the UK taking part – competed in the contest, earning several podium places. As well as gold in the mucking, the Men’s A team secured silver in both the saw and hand steel events, while the Co-ed team won silver in sawing, surveying, track and gold panning. The Men’s B team enjoyed success in the surveying event, also winning silver.
Professor Ken Evans, Dean of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, which includes CSM, said: “We are all extremely proud of the achievements of the students taking part in this year’s mining games. They are not only a credit to themselves but everyone associated with CSM and they very much deserve all their successes.”
A record number of students from CSM – which is part of the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus – put themselves forward to compete in the games, which attracts competitors from Australia, Germany, Holland and Indonesia. Speaking before they set off for America, CSM mining engineering student Brodie Leggett said the teams followed a dedicated training schedule in the run-up to the event.
The International Mining Games were first held in 1978 in memory of miners killed after fire broke out at the Sunshine mine near Kellogg, Idaho, USA. It now honours all miners worldwide who have perished in the line of duty. The competition – which was held at King Edward Mine near Camborne in 2012 – seeks to keep the old-fashioned mining techniques alive, as well as strengthen the camaraderie of today’s mining students. The events are based on the tournaments enjoyed by Cornish miners during the 18th and 19th centuries.
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