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Cup a warm-up for Nevada

Bentley’s Wallabies and Kalgoorlie’s Wombats from the WA School of Mines battled it out at the Export Cup yesterday in preparation for next year’s Mining Games in Nevada.

The teams faced each other in tasks such as hand shovelling, mucking, swede sawing, surveying and gold panning and drilling, as well as constructing a section of track.

WA School of Mines director Sam Spearing said the event was a wonderful team-building exercise that built strong relationships and camaraderie.

He said yesterday’s games, in which WASM alumni also took part, was good practice for the March 2019 Mining Games.

International student Pammela Pinazzi competed in the women’s team Buns of Steel, which gave some of the men a run for their money.

“A lot of people competing haven’t competed internationally before, so it’s good to give them a feel for the games and the pressure of the competition,” she said.

“It was good to bring the WA teams together to prepare for the international games and it’s just a bit of fun as well.”

About 600 students from around the world will compete at the international games.

The international competition started in 1978 as an act of commemoration of the 1972 Sunshine mine disaster that claimed the lives of 91 workers — the worst hard-rock mining disaster in the US since 1917.

The games serve as an opportunity for mining students around the world to not only learn the old ways of mining but to network with each other and meet others from all corners of the globe.

Next year, the 41st International Mining Games are being held at University of Nevada, Reno from March 20 to 23.

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