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The official categories and who is eligible to enter them are as follows:

 

Proficient Men - Open to all male competitors regardless of age

Proficient Women - Open to all female competitors regardless of age

Juniors - Open to all Junior competitors aged 15 years and under at the start of the Junior competition

Veterans - Open to all competitors aged 60 and over at the start of the Veterans competition

Classic Pan - Open to all competitors - you will be given a traditional steel 14" Estwing Pan to use

2 Person Team - Open to all competitors forming a 2 person team

3 Person Team - Open to all competitors forming a 3 person team

5 Person Team - Open to all competitors forming a 5 person team

National Team - Open to teams of 5 persons. One team per country and individual team members must all be nationals of the same country

 

The fun / unofficial categories and who is eligible to enter them are as follows:

 

Keep Calm Only Use One Arm - Open to all competitors, and you have to use one arm only - concessions available

Miners Mess Tin - Open to all competitors - you will be provided with a special pan for this category - concessions available

Dark Skies - Open to all competitors forming a 2 person team. This category will take place at night

Beginners - Open to all persons that have never competed in a Gold Panning competition before - concessions available

Disabled - This category is open to all competitors with a physical and/or mental handicap

Children - Open to all children aged 9 years and under at the start of the Childrens category

Family - Open to teams of 3, 4 or 5 family members. The teams must consist of at least 1 or 2 parents or grandparents, and 1, 2, 3 or 4 children or grandchildren (minimum team size 3 persons and maximum team size 5 persons). Each family's total panning time will be divided by the number of people competing in their family to give a family its average time. The family with the lowest average time in the final will be the winner.

WGA Rules & Guidance

Online Registration For All Categories

All Team Categories require a Team Name

All Team Categories require a Team Name

For more information on each category please see below

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All competitors that register online for the official categories need to come to the registration area at the event to collect their welcome pack, diploma and ID badge.

Winners of these categories will receive official medals and official titles, eg "World Champion"

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Concession Available for Students, Disabled and Unemployed in Beginners Category

Concession Available for Students, Disabled and Unemployed in these categories

Registered Competitors List