Aussies perform at international mining games

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Australian miners competed against teams from around the world at the 34th international mining games last weekend.

Miners from Australia, Canada, the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, and Indonesia took part in the event, which aims to keep old-fashioned mining techniques alive.

The competition was held at the Kind Edward mine in the UK, which has been run by the Camborne School of Mines since 1897.

Events included gold panning, hand-drilling rock, and setting tracks for ore cars, with the American and Australian teams among some of the strongest.

The games were first launched in 1978 to honour the 91 miners who died in the US Sunshine silver mine disaster, and also pay tribute to other miners who have died on the job.

Cornelius Hattingh, from the Western Australian School of Mines, told the Guardian his team had been training five times a week for the event.

"Australians like to win at whatever we’re competing in. Mining is no different," he said.

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