International Mining Games

About the IMG

The International Collegiate Mining Competition began in 1978 to honour the 91 miners who perished in the 1972 Sunshine Mine disaster, in the USA. In what was by far the worst mining related disasters in Idaho, smoke and carbon monoxide filled the underground workings of the Sunshine mine, restricting escape attempts and hampering rescue efforts of the miners. Only 85 miners were able to initially escape and two more were rescued seven days later.

In its 38th year in 2016, the competition offers students the opportunity to experience first-hand the challenging traditional mining techniques including: hand steeling, rail set, mucking, swede saw, gold panning and airleg drilling – all of which were used in years gone by.

The events provide an ideal way for students to enhance their interpersonal skills and develop an appreciation for the importance of respect, camaraderie, commitment, teamwork and determination, all of which are paramount to achieving success. The competition consists of three divisions consisting of men’s, women’s and mixed teams.

The games are attended by university teams from all over the world, offering students the ability to establish an international network of contacts. In 2016 the competition will be held in Butte, Montana.

Sponsorship plays an integral part in ensuring that the competition runs smoothly each year, with generous donations being made by companies from the mining sector. Without their support, many students would not be able to afford to travel internationally and the competition would not be what it is today

MAMA is actively working on building the profile of the competition within the UQ Mining community, particularly by encouraging newly recruited MAMA members to compete in the Australian National Mining Games and the UQ Mining Games, in preparation for future years of the International Collegiate events.

If you want more information about the event or you are interested in sponsorship, contact Guy Morgan at