Mining Gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

July 29, 2014

There’s mining fever at the Commonwealth Games this year, after two notable competitors brought home gold this week in Glasgow, Scotland.
 
The first gold medal of the Games was nabbed by respected cyclist Anna Meares on Friday, after winning the women's 500m time-trial for the third straight Commonwealth Games.
 
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Source: Clive Rose / Getty Images
 
Meares is best known for her incredible fighting spirit after sustaining a near-catastrophic injury at the World Cup in January 2008 when she broke her neck, but much to the surprise of everyone around her she was back on the bike after just one week.

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Video: This is our story, Anna Meares tells her story for the Australian Mining campaign.
 
Sponsored by BHP Billiton and the daughter of a 25-years-long coal miner, Meares’ remarkable spirit is the inspiration for her portrait by Phillip Barnes currently on display at the Art Gallery of NSW, and shortlisted for the coveted Archibald Prize.
 
‘The transformation that comes over her when she slips on her race helmet is startling, if not intimidating,’ says Barnes. ‘That transformation is the central theme of the portrait.”

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Portrait of Meares, by Phillip Barnes and currently on display at the Art Gallery of NSW
 
Mount Thorley Warkworth truck driver and Nulkaba resident Daniel Repacholi brought home a second gold medal for Australia on Saturday, beating India’s Prakash Nanjappa in the 10m air pistol.
 
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Source: Paul Gilham / Getty Images
 
It’s no surprise that Repacholi won big, having been shooting since the tender age of 12.
 
“I have been competing in pistol shooting for the last 20 years and have been in the Australian shooting team since 1998.”
 
“I would like to thank everyone who has helped support me to get to Glasgow including my fellow workers and management at Mount Thorley Warkworth.”
 
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Pictured: Repacholi at Mount Thorley Warkworth
 
The NSW Mining community is proud to call Repacholi one of our world class miners, and we hope that his success continues. The Mount Thorley Warkworth extension will be examined next month as public submissions for the project close and a Planning Assessment Commission determines the fate of the 1300 hard working miners whose futures hang in the balance.
 
“I enjoy my job and have met some great people during my time at the mine and look forward to a strong future at the mine.” Repacholi added.
 
Take just 5 minutes and make a submission in support of Daniel and his colleagues today at voiceformining.com.au/warkworth.
 

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