Wardell Armstrong International sponsors gold event

As teams from all over the world get in training for the 34th International Mining Games, to be held in Cornwall from 29 March to 1 April, engineering and environmental consultancy Wardell Armstrong is lending financial support as sponsors. And the specific event the firm is backing is all about a precious metal Wardell Armstrong’s mining experts know a lot about – gold.

This year’s Games are being hosted by the University of Exeter’s Camborne School of Mines (CSM) at King Edward Mine, near Camborne – the first time the competition will be held outside the US or Australia. Forty teams from every part of the world will compete in physical challenges based on traditional mining techniques, many of which were originally developed in Cornwall in the 1700s and 1800s.

All the events in the Games rely on preparation and excellent teamwork. ‘Jackleg drilling’, ‘mucking’ and ‘track stand’ will test the competitors’ physical strength, speed and endurance, while challenges like surveying depend more on knowledge and quick thinking. The event being sponsored by Wardell Armstrong – gold panning – involves finding five flattened lead or copper ball bearings in a pan full of dirt and rock. It replicates the oldest method of mining gold and dates back to ancient Rome.

“It’s great to get involved with such a valuable international event, and build on our long association with the Camborne School of Mines,” said Nick Coppin, MD of Wardell Armstrong International. “Wardell Armstrong International is involved in many gold mining projects around the world, so sponsoring the gold panning event seems very appropriate, even though most gold mines these days do require more advanced technology!”

The International Mining Games started in 1978 in honour of the 91 miners who died in 1972 in the Sunshine Mine disaster, USA, as well as miners who have since died in the line of duty. Since then, it has grown and evolved to provide a talent scouting opportunity for mining and mining services companies, as well as bringing together mining students from all over the world. The event will be free and open to spectators.

About Wardell Armstrong:

Wardell Armstrong (www.wardell-armstrong.com) is a leading independent engineering consultancy specialising in mineral resource development and management. With a strong heritage dating back more than 170 years, the firm is today helping to tackle some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges like renewable energy generation, waste management and environmentally responsible mining.

The firm helps clients to deal responsibly with issues like corporate and social responsibility, planning policy and environmental protection legislation, while also successfully maximising commercial and economic benefits. Projects range from exploration and resource assessment of mineral reserves in central Asia, feasibility studies to international bankable standards, due diligence for mergers & acquisitions, to social impact studies on the most vulnerable communities in central Africa, and mineral estate management for UK landowners.

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