Anglo American is introducing Women of Steel, the first all-female mine rescue team in Queensland, which was formed from its workers at the Capcoal open cut operation near Middlemount.
The group, which is set to join the competitive Mines Rescue Open Cut Circuit, is headed by captain and Capcoal emergency response team coordinator Kiri Blanch.
Other members include Jamie-Lee Swithenbank-Mant, Kiri Sullivan, Raewyn Ryniker, Paige Sudholz. Caroline Moore and Hollie Farrell.
Blanch said the team will train closely with the Capcoal Open Cut men’s team and support each other during competitions.
CEO of Anglo American in Australia Dan van der Westhuizen said the team has a backing company-wide.
“We’re so pleased to support this outstanding group of women as they get set to make a real mark on Queensland’s mines rescue circuit,” van der Westhuizen said. “Although we still have further to go, it’s a strong example of how our industry and our operations are moving towards achieving equal representation and equality.”
Source: Anglo American