Sunward advances resource delineation drill program at Titiribi

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New drill data will form basis for updated resource model

Engineering studies are well underway

VANCOUVER , May 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Sunward Resources Ltd. ("Sunward" or the "Company") (TSX: SWD; OTCQX:  SNWRF) is pleased to announce drill results from its resource-delineation program at the Titiribi project ("Titiribi" or the "Project"), located approximately 70 kilometers southwest of Medellin, Colombia .

The drill program, which began in 2010, resulted in establishing a major gold-copper endowment at Titiribi that to-date includes an NI 43-101-compliant Measured & Indicated Mineral Resource containing 4.58 million ounces of gold (within 275.4 million tonnes grading 0.52 grams/tonne gold, using a 0.3 grams/tonne gold cut-off) along with an Inferred Mineral Resource of 6.44 million ounces gold (within 359.6 million tonnes grading 0.56 grams/tonne gold, using a 0.3 grams/tonne gold cut-off).

This stage of drilling was primarily focused on identifying the boundaries of various mineralized zones located on the Titiribi property in addition to some in-fill drilling targeted at converting Inferred to Measured & Indicated resource. Drilling on the northwest margin of the Cerro Vetas gold-copper porphyry ore body, the largest at Titiribi, intersected several broad zones of near cut-off mineralization, representing the distal portion of the mineralized system.

The drilling at the Chisperos zone was aimed mainly at infilling gaps in the current resource model. Drilling intercepted several zones of volcanic-hosted, gold-only mineralization typical of this target, as well as higher-grade vein-type mineralization hosted in basement metavolcanics. Drilling at the Junta and Porvenir targets, aimed to improve the definition of these deposits to the west and northeast, respectively, encountered several zones of anomalous gold and copper. Drilling at the Maria Jo , Margarita and Rosa targets returned few zones of economic mineralization.

The Company is now intergrating this complete set of drill data into an updated resource model which will form the basis for completing engineering studies currently underway. A complete table of drill results is included below.

                     
Hole No.   Azimuth   Incl.   From To Int Au g/t Cu %
                     
CV099   142   -60   0 250 250 0.34 0.16
CV100   142   -55   0 204.5 204.5 0.19 0.14
CV101   142   -65   No significant values
CV102   142   -55   0 103.9 103.9 0.42 0.12
                     
CP032   205   -50   150 171.75 21.75 0.28 0.02
CP033   205   -50   119.85 138.5 18.65 0.32 0.01
CP034   205   -50   643 706.45 63.45 0.43 0.03
CP035   205   -60   276.12 291.97 15.85 0.37 0.01
            382.4 392.5 10.1 0.75 0.03
CP036   205   -45   45.5 57.5 12 0.39 0.12
            239.5 252.5 13 0.65 0.12
            281.35 355.2 73.85 0.41 0.14
CP037   205   -60   218 293 75 0.27 0.14
CP038   205   -60   265 341.75 76.75 0.3 0.03
CP039   205   -65   152.8 177.3 24.5 0.46 0.02
            388.5 432.16 43.66 0.62 0.02
CP040   142   -70   120.5 142.3 21.8 0.43 0.01
            373.5 380.5 7 8.09 0.05
                     
JT015   205   -75   No significant values
JT016   205   -75   No significant values
JT017   52   -70   77.3 204.5 127.2 0.08 0.09
JT018   52   -60   106 128.7 22.7 0.09 0.31
JT019   52   -70   719.45 756.5 37.05 0.13 0.11
JT020   52   -70   No significant values
JT021   52   -70   No significant values
JT022   52   -70   No significant values
JT023   52   -70   No significant values
JT024   52   -60   No significant values
JT025   52   -60   130.8 309 178.2 0.18 0.15
                     
PR016A1   232   -70   179.5 270.8 91.3 0.17 0.13
PR017   232   -70   102 264 162 0.17 0.12
PR018   232   -70   No significant values
PR018A   232   -70   236 246.5 10.5 0.41 0.15
PR019   232   -70   No significant values
PR019A   232   -70   No significant values
                     
MJ004   205   -50   No significant values
MJ005   142   -50   No significant values
                     
Hole No.   Azimuth   Incl.   From To Int Au g/t Cu %
                     
MJ006   142   -50   220 272.5 52.5 0.3 0.21
MJ007   142   -50   No significant values
MJ008   142   -50   No significant values
MJ009           No significant values
                     
MG001   52   -73   No significant values
MG002   52   -72   No significant values
MG003   232   -82   No significant values
MG004   52   -50   No significant values
                     
RO001   232   -68   No significant values
RO002   52   -62   No significant values
                     

Heather White P.Eng is a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101, and has reviewed and is responsible for the contents of this news release.

Sample Preparation and QA/QC:

Drill core was logged, cut and sampled by Sunward personnel at the Company's facilities in Colombia . In the case of the drilling results referred to herein the samples were prepared at Inspectorate America's sample preparation facility in Medellin, Colombia and then analyzed at Inspectorate America's ISO 9001:2000 accredited laboratory in Reno, Nevada, USA, a facility that follows internationally accepted methods and procedures and has stringent quality control and assurance practices.

At the sample preparation facility in Medellin the samples were crushed to >80% passing -10 mesh using a terminator jaw crusher; split to 250 grams; pulverized using a LM2 ring pulverizer to over 90% passing -150 mesh; split into 125 grams aliquots which were then sent to Inspectorate America's laboratory in Reno for assay. Gold was analyzed by fire assay with Inductive Coupled Plasma (ICP) finish with a lower detection limit of 2 ppb. Samples above 5 grams per tonne were assayed by fire assay with gravimetric finish. In addition to gold a suite of 30 other elements including silver and copper were assayed by ICP-AES following an aqua regia digest.  Blanks, field and laboratory duplicates duplicate samples and a number of internationally approved and registered analytical standard samples were routinely randomly inserted into the preparation and analysis process as part of Sunward's normal quality assurance and quality control program.  Any analytical batch of assays wherein inserted standards assayed without the acceptable limits are rejected.

ABOUT SUNWARD:

Sunward Resources is a well-capitalized, Canadian-based company focused on the exploration and development of gold/copper porphyry projects in Colombia . The 100%-owned Titiribi Project is located approximately 70 kilometres southwest of the city of Medellin, Colombia , in Antioquia department, within the historical Titiribi mining district (estimated total production to date of 1.5 to 2 million ounces gold equivalent). Access is by paved highway from Medellin.

Titiribi currently hosts a NI 43-101 compliant Measured & Indicated Mineral Resource of 4.58 million ounces gold (within 275.4 million tonnes grading 0.52 grams/tonne gold, using a 0.3 grams/tonne gold cut-off). Additionally, it hosts an Inferred Mineral Resource of 6.44 million ounces gold (within 359.6 million tonnes grading 0.56 grams/tonne gold, using a 0.3 grams/tonne gold cut-off).

Titiribi thus contains 6.28 million ounces of gold equivalent in the Measured & Indicated Resource categories and a further 7.51 million ounces of gold equivalent in the Inferred Resource category, calculated using a gold price of $1,114 per ounce and a copper price of $3.07 per pound. See the NI 43-101 technical report by Behre Dolbear & Company (USA) dated June 1, 2012 , titled "Technical Report on the Titiribi Project, department of Antioquia, Colombia " as published on SEDAR and on the Company's website at www.sunwardresources.com.

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SOURCE: Sunward Resources Ltd.

Contact:

Investor and media contact:
Kanapa Pitakpong
+1 604 568 7617
kanapa@sunwardresources.com

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