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:: Cornish Mining Students Strike Gold


Twenty one students from Camborne School of Mines (CSM) based at Exeter University campus in Penryn, Cornwall competed as the only British team in the 38th International Intercollegiate Mining Competition winning 3 gold medals.

This prestigious event held in Butte, Montana, USA from 30th March to 3rd April 2016 was watched by an audience of over 1000 people including sponsors and industry media with 40 teams from mining schools throughout the world competing. Students gained valuable experience during their 16 day trip with industry tours including Copper, Tin & Talc mines as well as a visit to a fracking operation.

The students who race against each other using traditional mining skills such as track laying, mucking (filling a cart with ore), air leg drilling, hand steeling, surveying and gold panning, also manged to win an additional two silver and one bronze medal.

The Primary aim of the competition is to keep the traditional mining techniques alive, many of which were developed in Cornwall. The competition has now evolved and also provides a talent scouting opportunity for mining companies and companies in related sectors, as well as enhancing the camaraderie of the mining students over international borders.

The students would like to thank their sponsors for their generous support. A huge thank you goes out to the CSM Trust, Sandvik and several local businesses including; Lantoom Quarry ltd - Liskeard, Tuff-Enuff - Penzance, Geoscience Ltd Falmouth, Grinding Solutions Ltd Truro, University of Exeter Penryn and MinSouth IOM3 Society, as well as International Businesses; Mutanda Mining, Liberty Resources and SRK Consulting.


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