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SAFETY: Canadians hope to field all-female mine rescue team in Russia

With your support, Canada will send an all-female mine rescue team to compete in Russia later this year. (Image: NetNewsLedger)

A team of seven women – Diamonds in the Rough – is raising money to travel to Russia this fall and compete in the international mine rescue competition. This is believed to be the first time an all-female team will be assembled.

The coach of the team, Kari Lentowicz, has a decade’s worth of experience with Saskatchewan miners. She has had her share of struggles in the male-dominated industry, and she hopes taking a team of women to the competition will help break down some of the barriers.

“We need to showcase that women can do this, not just provincially or nationally but internationally — that we are valuable competitors and this is a role that we can do on a day-to-day basis,” Lentowicz said.

The cost of sending a mine rescue team to Russia is about $87,000. Ordinarily the mining company for whom the team members work would pay the costs and offer paid time off. Since these women work for different companies, they lack the support of individual employers – only some of whom have offered to pick up part of the bill.

So the Diamonds in the Rough have started a Go Fund Me page to raise another $20,000 so they can compete. Please give what you can – this writer has contributed $100 – at and wish them well.

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3 Comments » for SAFETY: Canadians hope to field all-female mine rescue team in Russia
  1. Kate Bruce says:

    I would like to know more about this all-women mire rescue team…who are the members? Where are they from? As a former female draegerman – I am interested in this venture.

  2. Ronald Light says:

    Awesome to see more events for “Women in Mining” I have been in the industry for 47 years and have continually supported “Women in Mining” from yearly student employment, employment of many Female Engineers, operators both equipment and mill operators. I have served as a Champion for the “Yukon Women in Mining” organization. I have supported women in Mine Rescue in Nunavut and am very pleased to see another great step forward. Companies need to step up to the plate and cover costs after all “she” may be the one to save YOU or one of your employees in the future. You go Ladies and enjoy. Best of luck in the competition.
    Ron Light

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