Spring Board Meeting (SBM) 2019

The Spring Board Meeting (SBM) of the Board of the WGA will be held on Friday 17.05.2019 in connection with the Austrian Gold panning Championships in Unterwaltersdorf.

At this meeting the Board is going to go through all current issues and prepares the topics for the 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the WGA in Tankavaara Finland.

The Board hopes that if a Member Nation considers any issues that need to be raised on the agenda at the AGM, please do contact us on this matter.

Some Topics to be considered:


European Championships 2021
Year 2021 World Gold Panning Championships takes place in Dawson City, Canada.
Because this event is outside of Europe, the European Championships shall be in a country in European
The Board is waiting for bids to host this event.

World Championships 2022, 2023
The Board is waiting for bids to host the event.

The national delegates were informed by the secretary by e-mail about the topics to be dealt with.

If your country would like to host a World or European Championship competition, please download the application form:


This year the NZ Goldpanning Championships will be held on Sunday 28th April on Butler Green,
Arrowtown alongside the Arrowtown Autumn Festival.
We are looking forward to seeing you there competing amongst the best gold panners in the country and
catching up with old friends.
9.30am – Registration starts. Ends between 11.30am and 12pm depending on entries.
10.00am Heats will start and run through till finished.
Lunch break.
2.00pm “Stake your Claim”.
2.30pm Team Event.
3.00pm Category Finals, then NZ Champion.
4.00pm Prizegiving.
Entry fees will be the same as 2018: $15 for the first entry per person and each subsequent entry will be
If you have entered before we would appreciate it if you would consider bringing back for re-use any
gold and gold bottles you might have stored away at home! This helps us to keep the costs down, and
hence the entry fees.
We are trialling a new gold system this year. Stu Ide, one of our committee members, has invented a
way of standardising the gold flakes we use. They will comply with World Rules and will all be of a
uniform size and weight. We will be collecting the gold in after each heat for re-use as they do at the
Australian Championships. Attached is a photo of the proposed flake shape and size.
This is designed to keep the costs down. Every competitor will receive a souvenir gold pottle containing
a few flakes of gold as a memento.
We always need help with set up and break down, so if you would be able to help please let us know.
Even just hang around at the end to help us get home before dark! Many hands make light work….

The Adventure has begun.

Twelve daring candidates plunge into the adventure of their lives in Canada. In a six-week challenge they have to prove whether they are a good gold digger or not.
Who will convince prospector legend David Millar in the end? Who will meet the challenges of daily business and life in the wilderness?

With the right nose, lots of sweat, tears, talent and stamina, the winners can look forward to the fulfilment of a life’s dream:
the start of their own gold business in the Yukon Territory.

“Gold Rush on the Yukon – The Adventure of a Life”

See all Videos of the Adventure at the Youkon on DMAX Mediathek.

Continue reading “The Adventure has begun.”


After some changes, we have our official website running again. Welcome! for this reason we have not yet been able to upload the summary of the WGA meeting 2018, here you have it:

Summary of the AGM 2018 (1)

We take this opportunity to inform you that the Communication Report 2018 that was presented during the meeting is also available in this link:

AGM 2018



Welcome to the new worldwide home of gold panning!
We have a new website, also the design has become modern.

As a recognized world network for national gold panning clubs and associations, the World Goldpanning Association promotes panning and prospecting in the spirit of peace, understanding and fair play.

World Goldpanning Championships 2018

The new world champions have been determined. Thanks to the organizers for a great world goldpanning championship in Hodruša-Hámre. Thank you to the staff and helpers.

Even if you couldn’t be there this year, we have the pictures of the day online for you.
You can also view the results of each category online. Visit the official website.

Here is the link to the photo album of the World Championship.

Pictures Opening day Monday

Pictures Competition day Tuesday

Pictures Competition day Wednesday

Pictures  Competition day Thursday

Pictures Competition day Friday

Pictures Competition day Finalday

Pictures Award Ceremony

World Goldpanning Championships Website .