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WASM Wombats in training for old-school mining games

Kalgoorlie-Boulder students are gearing up to put their knowledge of old-school mining techniques to the test at two upcoming competitions.

The WA School of Mines Wombats will host the Intercollegiate Mining Games in Kalgoorlie-Boulder next year where they will showcase mining skills that are no longer used including gold panning and mucking.

WASM Wombats president Darcy Frazer said five teams had been selected and were now in training, with new students learning the ropes from previous competitors and WASM alumni.

“We probably have about 50 per cent complete newbies, so it’s very exciting in that respect teaching everyone from the ground up,” he said.

“It’s really good at WASM because we have a lot of the alumni that come down and pass on the knowledge that they learnt back when they were doing it.”

WA School of Mines Wombats are preparing for two competitions putting their old-school mining skills to the test.
Camera IconWA School of Mines Wombats are preparing for two competitions putting their old-school mining skills to the test. Credit: Amber Lilley/Kalgoorlie Miner

They will first put themselves to the test during the annual Export Cup which pitches the Wombats against Perth-based teams for the title of State mining games champions.

Mr Frazer said the cup competition would be hosted at Hannans North Tourist Mine on October 22, with the public invited to see the action unfold.

“It’s just a really fun event and it sort of works as a bit of a training and a practice day for the international comp,” he said.

“It’s very competitive and we all compete against each other constantly, so it works out to be a really good atmosphere.”

The international competition will take place in Kalgoorlie-Boulder across five days from March 22 next year.

Earlier this year, a last-minute decision to compete in the US saw the WASM Wombats take first place in the co-ed division and return with a record time.

During the annual Intercollegiate Mining Games in Rolla, Missouri, the team participated in seven mining game competitions and took first place in hand steel drilling, swede saw, track stand, and surveying events.

“We had a really good co-ed team for this year’s international competition that went to Missouri and won, and we’re hoping we’re going to be able to bring another victory home,” Mr Frazer said.

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